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Legislative power, secondary role, new elections, primacy, House members

Legislative power in Thailand is vested in a bicameral (two-chamber) National Assembly, consisting of a House of Representatives and a Senate. The House of Representatives has 500 members; 400 of them are elected from single-member constituencies (geographical areas that each have one representative) and the remaining 100 are elected at large. House members are elected to four-year terms, but these terms can be cut short if the king decides to dissolve the legislature and call for new elections. The Senate has 200 members, elected from districts corresponding to Thailandís provinces. Most provinces have a single representative in the Senate, but the larger ones have additional representatives. Senators serve six-year terms. The 1997 constitution gives primacy to the House of Representatives and a secondary role to the Senate.



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