Thailand may hold new elections in September 2016: PM

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Wednesday the next General Elections in the country will likely take place in September 2016, if the draft charter is approved via referendum.

Bangkok: Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Wednesday the next General Elections in the country will likely take place in September 2016, if the draft charter is approved via referendum.

At Government House, Gen Prayut greeted 12 diplomats from the UN and told the envoys about his intention to restore democracy in Thailand, following the coup in May last year, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported. 

Prayut said the UN officials were invited to the country as part of a campaign organised by the ministry of foreign affairs to get support for the government from foreign countries. 

The Thai Cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order have agreed to amend the 2014 interim charter in order for a national referendum to be held on the draft of the new Constitution.

If the draft charter is endorsed by the National Reform Council on August 6, it will likely be put to a referendum around January next year.

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