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36 Thai senators indicted over charter amendment

BANGKOK — Thailand’s state anticorruption body on Tuesday indicted 36 senators for alleged misconduct in attempting to amend the constitution to make the Senate fully elected, which a court ruled was unconstitutional last year.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission found the senators had ‘‘misused their authority in violation of the constitution’’ and will forward the case to the Senate, commission Secretary-General Sansern Poljiak said.

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The 36 senators will be suspended from their jobs while the Senate decides whether to impeach them, although most will be replaced by recently elected lawmakers next month.

The indictment is the latest in a series of legal challenges that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu Thai party-led government have been battling since the lower house was dissolved in December.

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