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Draft charter ominous for Thailand’s democracy

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Thailand’s draft post-coup charter, which rules out a nonelected prime minister but creates an appointed Senate, is a setback for democracy and could be the spark that ignites major protests, analysts said yesterday.

Under the first version of the charter to replace the 1997 “People’s Constituti­on” torn up after a September 19 coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the number of elected MPs will also be cut to 400 from 500.

The Constituti­on Drafting Committee, a 35-member panel, voted in secret on the proposals on Tuesday, with the results appearing in local papers yesterday.

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