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Thailand constitutional assembly will be almost all-civilian: military official

[JURIST] Members of Thailand's National People's Assembly (NPA) [Nation report] will meet next week to select a preliminary list of NPA members who will participate on a committee to draft a new constitution, but a senior Thai military official said Tuesday that only one or two military officers would be included in the latter group. One hundred of the nearly two thousand NPA members will be selected for the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA). NPA members are nominating 200 candidates. The military-controlled Council for National Security [official website] will pick the final 100 CDA members from that list.

The CDA is tasked with drawing up a charter to replace an interim constitution [JURIST report] drawn up by the military leaders who seized power from former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] in a September 19 coup [JURIST report]. Xinhua has more.

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