Bangkok, Thailand — The Thai Senate rejected the blanket amnesty bill late Monday night by a 140-0 vote in an effort to defuse tensions, as street protests continued to mount.
The Democrat Party’s demand that the Senate kill the bill by a 6pm deadline Monday proved impossible, as the Senate could not finish deliberating it in time, said reports.
Democrat protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban had urged the Senate to classify the legislation as a financial bill and return it to the prime minister so she could kill the bill by refusing to endorse it.
Without doing so, the government can legally revive the bill after a 180-day-period.
The ruling Pheu Thai Party has already promised it would not seek to revive the bill, but anti-amnesty bill protesters are not convinced.