Assembly votes against impeaching 248 ex-lawmakers for trying to change Thailand's charter

Thailand's legislature has voted against impeaching 248 members of the previous Parliament, sparing them a ban from politics for trying to amend the constitution.

The National Legislative Assembly, appointed after a military coup last year, on Friday rejected a recommendation by the National Anti-Corruption Commission. The commission said the former lawmakers' effort in 2013 to make the Senate an all-elected body constituted abuse of power.

The impeachment attempt was seen as an effort to cripple the Pheu Thai party, the political base of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a 2006 coup and whose sister led Thailand's last elected government.