Thailand to hold general election in 2017: junta chief

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha seized power as army chief two years agoThailand will hold a general election in 2017, the country’s junta chief confirmed Tuesday, his first comments since voters backed a new military-crafted constitution in a referendum. “The election will be held late 2017 as planned,” Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who as army chief seized power two years ago, told reporters. Since the vote key allies the European Union and the United States have called on Prayut to hold elections as swiftly as possible and lift curbs on civil liberties imposed since his takeover.

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