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Thai Court Delays Constitution Rewrite in Setback for Protesters

  • Court says referendum must be held before changes made
  • Thai parliament was due to vote on rewriting plan next week
Protesters call for the release of pro-democracy leaders in Bangkok on March 7.

Protesters call for the release of pro-democracy leaders in Bangkok on March 7.

Photographer: Lillian Suwnrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

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A Thai court ruled that a national referendum must be held before parliament could rewrite the constitution, delaying changes demanded by anti-government protesters.

Lawmakers can rewrite the constitution if voters decide an overhaul is needed, and another referendum must be held after the rewrite is completed, the Constitutional Court said in a statement on Thursday.