No news here. As was to be expected, a member of the junta-appointed interim parliament suggested over the weekend there would be no general elections in Thailand this year. Although prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the deputy-chairman of the ruling junta denied the reports later we would definitely not hold our breath.
Thai daily Khaosod English report today:
Delaying the return to even a semblance of democratic rule, the military government wonât stage elections until mid-2018, Gen. Somjet Boontanom of the National Legislative Assembly said Sunday.
Gen. Somjet blamed the new delay on the need for another 15 months to write necessary legislation.
The general reportedly added that elections would definitely take place; just exactly when remains a mystery.
General elections and a return to (“guided”) democracy had earlier been promised for late 2017. If elections would eventually be held sometime mid-2018, the country would by then have been under military rule for more than four years – longer than an elected government.
Khaosod English comment:
The junta has regularly expressed its commitment to its âroadmapâ for restoring democracy, which it first vowed would happen a year after staging the May 2014 coup. The date has been pushed back every year since.
So don’t hold your breath.