THAILAND: Celebrating a non-existent constitution

Many of us were enjoying a day off Thursday, but few would have realised the public holiday was to mark “Constitution Day”. It was 83 years ago that the country’s first constitution was put in place when the absolute monarchy was abolished after the coup on June 24, 1932. Eighty-three years later, Thailand continues to struggle with its constitution as the new Constitution Drafting Committee under Meechai Ruchupan looks to write the 20th charter that will need to be completed by April 1, 2016 before it is put forth for a referendum.

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