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Thailand faces 15-month wait for elections

Published on May 31, 2014 12:41 AM
A Thai soldier directs people to a skytrain exit as several ones got closed to Victory Monument, the site of recent anti-coup protests which has been sealed off by security forces to prevent further rallies in Bangkok on May 30, 2014.

BANGKOK - Thailand will have to wait for about 15 months or more before elections are held, according to Thai junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, who has laid out his road map for reforms after seizing power though a military coup on May 22.

In a televised statement last night, the army chief said the junta would first start a national reconciliation process to bridge the rifts widened through the nearly decade-long political conflict. This is expected to take two to three months.

A reform committee will be set up and a temporary Cabinet appointed, and the Constitution rewritten. This will take about a year, after which, a general election can be held.

No amnesty will be given to those with outstanding criminal charges, he added.

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