Quicker charter rewrite best: US
US Ambassador Ralph Boyce urged the Constitution Drafting Assembly yesterday to speed up its work and try to write the new charter within four months - but the CDA chairman insisted on no sooner than six months.
CDA chairman Noranit Setabutr said after a meeting with Boyce that he was asked if the CDA could complete the draft charter in four months. He responded that that timeframe was unlikely as the whole process included holding public hearings nationwide, which would take some time.
Noranit repeated his stance from the weekend that the 180-day schedule for the CDA has been set, and it is not for any of its members to change.
Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont told visiting Senior Vice Foreign Minister Takeshi Iwaya from Japan that his government would ensure the earliest election as possible, government spokesman Yongyuth Maiyalarp said.
That might mean cutting the constitution writing process from six to four months, Surayud was cited as