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Thailand military rulers announce election date

Iran Press TV

Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:52AM GMT

Thailand's military rulers have announced the date for elections to be held in the country.

Thai army commander General Prayuth Chan-ocha announced in a televised address on Friday that the country will hold elections around October 25, 2015.

Prayuth also said that an interim constitution would be introduced next month.

The military leader said that the temporary constitution would allow an interim legislature and cabinet to start governing the nation in September.

He added that an appointed reform council and constitutional drafting committee would then be tasked to work on a permanent constitution, expected to go into effect next July.

It was not mentioned whether a public referendum would be held or not.

Earlier this month, Prayuth ruled out elections for at least one year in order for political "reforms" to be carried out.

On May 22, the Thai army seized power and ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, following months of anti-government protests and violence in Thailand.

Demonstrations primarily erupted in Thailand after the government proposed an amnesty bill last October that could have pardoned Yingluck's brother and former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra, setting the scene for his return to Thailand.

Opponents viewed the former premier to be a proxy for her elder brother, who was toppled in a coup in 2006. Thaksin has been in self-exile since 2008 to avoid a two-year prison sentence.

In the violence that led to the coup 28 people were killed.


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