Thai junta leader says interim government to be set up by August

Thai junta leader says interim government to be set up by August
Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks during a news conference after the army declared martial law nationwide to restore order, in Bangkok on May 20, 2014. Thailand may have an interim government by August, he said.

BANGKOK - Thailand's junta leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, said on Friday that an interim government would be set up by August.

"A government will be set up by August, or at the very latest September," General Prayuth told senior military officials at a meeting devoted to the 2015 national budget.

He repeated in his address that it would take at least a year until a new general election can take place.

Thailand's army took power on May 22 in a bloodless coup after six months of sometimes violent street protests.

 

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