Criticism but no Protest as Thai Constitution Debate Begins

Thailand on Monday began debating a draft constitution that critics say is anti-democratic, but political groups say they have no plans to protest as the one-year anniversary of a military coup approaches. A spokesman for the conservative Democrat Party, Thailand's oldest political party, told Reuters, "There are a lot of issues in the new constitution that might not be suitable for Thai politics, including the weakening of political parties." The spokesman said the party would wait for the debate to end before deciding what course of action to take.