Thailand Junta: Elections Could Take More Than 1 Year

from In his first address to the public since taking control of Thailand in a bloodless coup, the head of the military junta said it could take more than a year for new elections to be held because peace and reforms must be achieved first. Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha repeated warnings against protests or resistance to the army’s May 22 takeover, saying they would slow the process of bringing back “happiness” to the Thai people. A return to democracy will not happen if there are still “protests without a true understanding of democracy,” he said in his speech Friday.

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