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Thai Parliament Rejects Monarchy Reform Through Charter Overhaul

  • Lawmakers vote to set up committee to rewrite constitution
  • Protesters rally for second day in Bangkok for monarchy reform
Police fired tear gas during a rally near the Thai Parliament in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Police fired tear gas during a rally near the Thai Parliament in Bangkok on Tuesday.

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Thailand’s parliament rejected a push by pro-democracy groups for a constitutional amendment to reduce the powers of the nation’s monarchy, potentially escalating a monthslong anti-government protests.

The lawmakers instead voted for setting up a charter rewriting committee that will skip any review of chapters governing the monarchy, the most powerful institution in Thailand. The roadmap for amendment proposed by a rights group, which the protesters support, failed to secure enough support from the lawmakers.