Elections now promised for 2018

National elections will take place in February of next year, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Wednesday, confirming fears a vote the military had promised for 2017 will be once again postponed. “One year from today, there’ll be elections”, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam told reporters. Mr Wissanu then immediately backtracked slightly, saying the junta’s election timeline was still contingent on smooth amendments and passage of the new constitution, a key part of the regime’s plans for elections for a Lower House of parliament. Within minutes of his “one year from today” statement, he walked his promise back. “Please don’t force [the government] to give a specific schedule for the election,” he said. “We can only roughly estimate it. Now, I’ll have to be more careful when speaking about these things.

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