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Thailand to hold elections in Oct 2015, says junta chief

Published on Jun 28, 2014 1:01 PM
Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks during a meeting with members of the International Chamber of Commerce at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok on June 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Elections for parliamentarians are expected to be held in October 2015 and a democratically elected government will be in place late next year, Thailand's junta leader has said.

General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said a provisional charter would be promulgated next month and a new Constitution could be announced by August next year.

When the new Constitution is in place, the NCPO's interim government will spend about three months preparing for the election of new parliamentarians, according to General Prayuth, who is also Army commander-in-chief.

"The elections to be held under the new Constitution will be fair and just in order to bring about a constructive and complete democracy," he said during his weekly TV address on Friday night.

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