Thai lawmakers reject constitutional amendment

Thailand's parliament has rejected a charter overhaul submitted by pro-democracy activists. It was the second time in about a year that the parliament, in which pro-military forces are dominant, has pushed back against rewriting the constitution.

A joint session on Wednesday voted to reject the bill.
The amendment was submitted by civic groups and an opposition party, backed by over 135,000 petition signatures.

It called for key changes to the 2017 military-drafted constitution, including abolishing the Senate and changing the method of selecting Constitutional Court judges. Both bodies are influenced by the military.

Wednesday's vote comes a week after the Constitutional Court ruled that calls by pro-democracy activists for reform of the monarchy are an unconstitutional attempt to overthrow the institution. It also ordered three main activists and their associates to refrain from making any more such demands.

This prompted thousands of protesters to take to the streets in the capital on Sunday. Some sustained injuries. Political experts expect that conflicts between authorities and protesters may increase before the general election, which will be held by early 2023.