Thailand junta to hold elections in November 2018

BREAKING: Prayuth promises election in November next year

BREAKING: Prayuth promises election in November next year

Thailand's junta chief said Tuesday the country would hold elections in November 2018, more than four years after the military seized power and imposed a blanket ban on politics. "And around November, we will hold the elections".

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters that his government will give the exact election day in mid-2018.

Last year, the military pushed through a new constitution that critics said would boost military power and limit the sway of elected officials.

Prayuth said the junta will consider lifting a ban on political activities but not until after late October, when Thailand holds an elaborate five-day funeral for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died almost a year ago.

The government's announcement follows confusion last week when US President Donald Trump, after talks with Gen Prayut, welcomed Thailand's commitment to a return to democratic rule in 2018.

Even after the long-awaited election, though, Thailand is likely to have what can best be described as a guided, semi-democracy.

He also said that Trump did not ask about political developments during their encounter.

The military claimed the new charter, Thailand's 20th, will purge Thailand of corrupt civilian politicians and restore stability after almost a decade of political turmoil including two coups.

Yingluck has denied the charges, claiming they were politically motivated.

Chaturon Chaisang, a former minister in Yingluck's toppled administration, cast doubt on whether the junta would stick to its latest election timeline given previous postponements.

"It just opens a chance for people to have more participation in their future than they now do", the politician told AFP.

But the family is loathed by an arch-royalist Bangkok elite which is backed by the military, and by southern voters who accuse the Shinawatras of corruption and populism.

Yingluck was convicted by Thailand's supreme court late last month on charges of negligence in connection with a botched rice buying program and sentenced in absentia to five years in prison.

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