King promulgates new charter, key step forward in Thailand’s political roadmap

A key milestone on Thailand’s political roadmap was passed last week when His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed and promulgated the new constitution approved by a majority of voters in a national referendum last year.

At a ceremony inside the ornate Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, the King signed three hand-written copies of the charter. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, members of the cabinet, law makers, judges, and diplomatic corps were present at the ceremony.

The official enactment of the charter is a step forward in the implementation of the declared political roadmap, with the holding of a general election after the enactment of the relevant organic laws. The promulgation of the constitution triggers a process of drafting relevant organic laws.

The organic laws are the nuts and bolts to allow for the implementation of the principles and systems spelled out in the constitution, particularly those governing elections, political parties and other aspects of governing.