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Thai junta chief rules out elections for at least a year

Thai army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during a press conference at the army headquarters in Bangkok, on May 26, 2014Thailand’s junta chief on Friday ruled out elections for at least a year to have time for political “reforms”, defending the recent military coup in the face of rising international alarm. “The (ruling military regime) have a timeframe of one year and three months to move towards elections,” said army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha in a televised national address over a week after the army takeover. Only after this could elections be held. Thailand’s military seized power on May 22 — the 19th actual or attempted putsch in its modern history — and set about rounding up scores of political figures, academics and activists.

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