Last month, Thai voters approved a draft constitution [JURIST report] put forth by the country's military-backed interim government. The new constitution [text; JURIST report] replaces Thailand's 1997 charter. Interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [BBC profile] had urged voters to participate in the referendum, calling it a way for people to assert their rights and help decide Thailand's future. Under the draft constitution, Thai prime ministers will be limited to two terms in office and will be subject to easier impeachment. The Thai House of Representatives will be reduced from 500 seats to 400 seats, 320 of which will be directly elected and 80 appointed from party lists.
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