Thailand's parliament votes not to ban 248 ex-lawmakers from politics

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 14, 2015 6:27 AM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's army-appointed parliament voted not to ban 248 ex-lawmakers from political office on Friday, a decision that should avert any immediate political unrest.

The legislators, many of them allies of ousted, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, were accused of supporting an amendment to the constitution in 2013 aimed at making the upper house Senate fully elected.

The national anti-corruption commission had said the attempt to change the constitution were tantamount to abuse of power.

Following two hours of vote counting, the military-stacked parliament, formally known as the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), voted to spare the former members of parliament.

"The NLA has resolved not to remove 248 lawmakers from their position," said Peerasak Porchit, vice president of the NLA.

(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Robert Birsel)