2017 election date for Thailand regardless of constitution approval

Thailand would hold elections in 2017 even if a draft-constitution did not pass a referendum, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday.

The country is currently governed under an interim constitution put in place by the military after the May 2014 coup.

"It doesn't matter if the draft constitution gets approved by a referendum, we will hold elections in 2017 as per our plan," Prayuth told reporters.

The premier was vague on what would happen if the charter failed the referendum, noting that "it would be up to me."

"If we can't have proper elections, or if elections happen and you start shooting each other, you'll have to fix it yourself," Prayuth said.

Since overthrowing the previous government in 2014, the junta has tried to implement a constitution but failed.

Critics argue that the delay in drafting a constitution is a ploy to stay in power.

Last update: Tue, 26/01/2016 - 12:17

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