Updated: 05/30/2014 23:48 | By Agence France-Presse

Thai junta chief rules out elections for at least a year

Thailand'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.


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, 2014 - by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul

"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.

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