Thailand’s junta chief, Prayut Chan-O-Cha, has made it very clear that elections will only be held in country after a year long political reforms. Prayut plans to introduce new constitution to lay the foundation for elections to allow good and honest people to run the country.
Military junta received formal recognition from the Thai sovereign, Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86 on Monday. It is a symbolic but indispensable for settlement in the power of the military government.
Prayut address the nation on television and told his people that he has three step plan to restore the democracy in the country.
He plans to focus on reconciliation of the various factions in the country during the first 90 days. In a second phase of the plan, new constitution will be introduced to legitimize the reforms for the return of democracy.
Military junta chief said, “Stage three is a general election under an absolute democratic system that is acceptable to all sides. Laws will be modernised so that we can have good and honest people to run the country.”
He defended his decision to impose restrictions on press and social media as ‘necessary’ to avoid divisions among people.
Thailand’s military seized power on May 22, 2014 and set about rounding up scores of political figures, academics and activists.
Martial law authorities have repealed the constitution, curtailed civil liberties and imposed a nightly curfew.