Head of Thailand's military junta promises to hold elections in 2018

Chief of Thailand's military junta promises to hold elections in 2018

The military took power in Thailand in May 2014 after ousting Yingluck Sinawatra

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The chief of the military junta currently in power in Thailand has set a month for the holding of elections.

General Prayut Chan-O-Cha has told the press and public in the country a vote will be arranged for November 2018. 

It's the latest date to be pencilled in for the election, which has been repeatedly postponed since the military ousted the former Prime Minister, Yingluck Sinawatra, in May 2014 - sending her into political exile. 

The annoucement of the latest date came after the General made a trip to Washington to meet US President Donald Trump in the White House. 

The Trump administration later released a statement to say the official had provided a roadmap to arranging a 2018 election, which was then confirmed by Chan-O-Cha after a period of silence from the military junta. 

Officials in Thailand had promised to hold an election in 2017 if the country voted to adopt a new constitution last year, prompting voters to cast in favour of the changes.