Thailand: PM stands by election roadmap

  • Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has told the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff the government is sticking by its roadmap to the next election while the legislative branch is working on the laws related to the poll.
  • Deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak said the premier met Gen Joseph F Dunford, Jr, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Department of Defence at the Government House on 7 Feb 18.
  • Meanwhile, Gen Dunford said: “I’m very encouraged as I come to Thailand by the commitment of its leadership to democracy. And that commitment to democracy is going to allow us to move forward and deepen our relationship in the future.”
  •  When he visited US President Donald Trump on 2 Oct 17 at the White House, Gen Prayut promised in a signed, joint statement to hold elections within 2018.

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