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Thai coronation expected to temper unrest

Protests against election delay unlikely to spin out of control, with military still in power

After weeks of speculation, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has given one of the strongest hints yet that the Feb 24 election will be delayed again.

"The election will come surely, but any delay that is made will have a reason," he said in a speech on Wednesday. "This is just about adjusting the (election) time but it will certainly come before May 9."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2019, with the headline 'Thai coronation expected to temper unrest'. Print Edition | Subscribe