The new National Reform Council was officially endorsed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and was announced Monday. It will advise a drafting committee that is to write a constitution to take effect by next July.
The new council is supposed to represent a cross-section of society, but is dominated by people close to the country’s traditional elite, including businesspeople and technocrats. It shuns supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who challenged the elite and dominated Thai politics for much of the past 13 years.
The country’s military rulers say the reform process will lead to elections late next year. The appointed interim prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, said earlier that the council will consider political, economic, social, environmental, judicial and other matters.
Thailand has suffered from political instability since 2006, when an earlier military coup ousted Thaksin on allegations of corruption, abuse of power and disrespect toward the king. Supporters and opponents of Thaksin have struggled for power at the ballot box and in the streets, sometimes violently.
Source: Bangkok Post