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The Parliament's State Management Committee on Wednesday decided that the king shall no longer hold the authority to attest official documents by stamping the red seal as the head of state. Documents that need to be attested by the head of state will henceforth be stamped by the person specified by the government.

Members of the committee were undecided on whether the responsibility of the head of state to attest appointments of ambassadors of the country and receive the credentials of the heads of diplomatic missions to the country can be carried out by another person. Conclusions could not be reached on the proposal regarding the issue of the amendment of written proof.

The State Management Committee is confident that the Parliament will pass the proposal regarding the amendment of the law concerning written proof. In the proposal the governments use of "by His Majesty" while attesting written proof was opposed strongly by the parliament. They pressed that since all of the king's executive powers had been handed over to the government, prime minister, and the parliament he should not even have the authority to attest documents of prime importance.

According to international norms the head of state or head of government usually attests documents of prime importance. The governments stand was that although most of the king's powers have been clipped after the Peoples Movement II since the king was still technically the head of state until the constituent assembly he had to be given the authority. If the move to remove the king from the responsibility of receiving these official documents and letters of credentials from diplomatic missions goes ahead the rare television images of the king receiving diplomats will no longer be there either.


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