Thai king endorses army chief as junta head

Thai king endorses army chief as junta head
Thai army chief and junta head General Prayuth Chan-ocha (C) speaks to journalists during a news conference at the Royal Thai Army headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, 26 May 2014.

Thai military junta chief Gen Prayuth Chanocha on Monday said a national election will be organised as soon as possible in Thailand but no timeframe could be set as this would depend on the situation.

Prayuth was speaking at his first press conference after receiving royal endorsement as chief of the National Council for Peace and Order.

He emphasised his full power to rule and called on the public to understand the military's sincerity. They will do their best to solve problems as soon as possible.

"I'm not here to fight but to fix. But I will do anything (in order to fix)," he said, excusing the tough measures but stressing they were necessary.

"The less you allow me to speak, the more I'll be able to work. Please be calm and patient, like you have always been. Crisis has plagued the country for nine years now," he said.

He vowed to ease the drastic measures when the situation improved but said the curfew was still needed.

Prayuth also called on the media not to amplify conflicts.

Referring to the summons of political figures, he said none of those asked to report were suffering though their accommodation demonstrated to them how soldiers live.

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