Thai Elections in November 2018, Prayuth Promises

Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks to reporters Tuesday at Government House

Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks to reporters Tuesday at Government House

More than three years after seizing power in a coup, the head of Thailand's military government on Tuesday promised elections in November next year.

By November 2018, the symbolically important cremation of King Bhumibol will have taken place, and it is likely that the new king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, will have had his coronation ceremony.

Thailand's military seized power in 2014 and has postponed several deadlines for elections, citing national security concerns and the need to pass new election laws.

"Around June we will announce the [exact] date for the next election", Prayuth told reporters at Bangkok's Government House.

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

The prime minister also said the junta was considering whether to allow political activity - which it suspended after taking office - to resume after funeral services later this month for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died past year.

Prayut travelled to the United States earlier this month for talks with President Donald Trump at the White House - a meeting he was denied under Barack Obama's administration, which distanced itself from the coup leader.

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The junta has also said that any future government must adhere to a "legally binding 20-year-plan" for the country that is still in the works.

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

That unexpected announcement caused a commotion back in the kingdom, where Prayut initially rowed back and said only that a specific date would be announced in 2018.

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

Shinawatra-backed parties have dominated electoral politics since 2001, using groundbreaking welfare schemes to secure the support of the rural and urban poor.

The former premier fled Thailand in August before the court delivered its verdict and sentence.

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