PM promises elections in late 2018

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Bangkok — The Prime Minister on Tuesday promised that a general election will be held in November next year.

PM Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters that his government will give the exact election date in mid-2018.

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“Around June 2018, we will announce an election date,” he said. “And around November, we will hold the elections.”

Prayuth said the government will consider lifting a ban on political activities but not until after October this year, while the nation is still in a period of mourning and conducting the funeral rites for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died nearly a year ago.

The PM warned political parties against campaigning and said any breaches could result in the ban on political activities being prolonged.

“This month of October is a period of mourning for us so please let everything be well-ordered and peaceful for now,” Prayuth said.