Sinking of bill bodes ill

Following the fierce showdown between the opposition bloc and the governing coalition, which had the backing of the pro-military Senate, parliament on Wednesday night sank the charter amendment bill — a move that bodes ill for the country’s return to democracy. The bill was dropped as, with 208 “yes” votes, it failed to garner support from at least half of parliament. It must not be forgotten, however, that the number of abstentions and “no” votes for the bill was high, at 230, while there were only four objections, cast by members of the Senate. The sinking of the bill came as no surprise. In…

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