On August 19, 2007, approximately 70 percent of voters in Thailand approved an interim military-supported constitution, which replaced the country's 1997 charter. About 60 percent of eligible voters participated in the referendum. Under the constitution, Thai prime ministers are limited to two terms in office and are subject to easier impeachment. The Thai House of Representatives was reduced from 500 seats to 400 seats, 320 of which will be directly elected and 80 appointed from party lists. Direct elections for members of the Senate were abolished, with national and provisional committees composed of bureaucrats and judicial officials instead appointing the 150 senators.
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