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PM says ministers and assemblymen can quit now if they want to contest next election

Members of the cabinet, the National Legislative Assembly and the National Reform Steering Assembly are free to quit now to prepare themselves to contest the upcoming general elections now that the new Constitution will come into force as of April 6, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Tuesday.

His Majesty the King will preside over a ceremony at the Ananta Samakhom throne hall in the Dusit Palace to proclaim the promulgation of the new Constitution.

With the new charter becoming effective on April 6 onward, the prime minister assured that the general election timetable would stick to the political roadmap but would depend on how soon all the election-related bills are to be promulgated.

Regarding political activities of political parties, the prime minister said that the people in charge of security affairs would decide on the scope of political activities permissible.

But he stressed that the government was still duty-bound to ensure peace and order until there is a new government.

Meanwhile, Mr Poompitak Kongkaew, deputy secretary-general of the Election Commission, said circulars had been sent to all provincial election directors to make preparations for the next general election.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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