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Thai army promises elections in October 2015

June 28, 2014 7:00 pm

Thailand’s military leader has promised a return to democracy but says elections will only take place after October 2015.

Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said in a speech that an interim constitution would be adopted next month.

A temporary cabinet would then govern until elections next year.

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The military seized power on 22 May, saying it wanted to return stability to Thailand after months of political and social unrest.

Since then, the country has been run by a military junta called the National Council for Peace and Order. It insists it is a neutral player among the country’s rival political factions.

Gen Prayuth, who led the coup, said any new election would have to take place under a new constitution, which would be drafted by an appointed body.

“We want to see an election that will take place under the new constitution… that will be free and fair, so that it can become a solid foundation for a complete Thai democracy,” he said in a televised address.

“Today, if we go ahead and hold a general election, it will lead to a situation that creates conflict and the country will return to the old cycle of conflict, violence, corruption by influential groups in politics, terrorism and the use of war weapons” he added.

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