BANGKOK, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Thai parliament voted on Thursday evening to accept a last constitutional amendment draft sponsored by the ruling coalition that seeks to make it easier for the government to enter into agreements with foreign countries.
Parliament President Chai Chidchob, who chaired the meeting, announced that the joint sitting of the House of Representatives and Senate voted 354 to 19 in favor of the draft, with 17 abstentions.
This was the second constitutional amendment draft sponsored by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's coalition government that was accepted for further deliberation by the bicameral parliament.
Earlier in the day, the parliament voted to accept another government-sponsored amendment draft that seeks to change the electoral system from the current multi-seat constituency to a single-seat one.
Two other drafts, one sponsored by the anti-government red- shirt movement and the other by coalition partners other than Abhisit's Democrat Party, were rejected by the parliament on Thursday.
The two drafts accepted in the first reading will have to sail through two more readings before becoming law, which is likely to be next year as the current session of the parliament will be adjourned on Nov. 28.