BANGKOK – Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, said today that the military’s “road-map to democracy” may need to be extended until 2016.
“It depends on when the new constitution and reforms will be finished,” Gen. Prayuth told reporters before boarding a plane to an international summit in Italy this morning. “It takes time to prepare for an election. It’s not like we can organize an election tomorrow just because we have scheduled the poll. Elections take time.”
According to the Khaosod News, Gen. Prayuth’s comments came after his deputy, Visanu Krue-ngam, said yesterday that the public should not be “surprised” if the next election is organized several months after the promised date.
At the press conference Gen. Prayuth also asked the media focus on the reform process and stop asking about the date of the election.
“Stop pressuring me about this, I have already spoken. It’s over. Everything has to depend on the road-map,” Gen. Prayuth told reporters. “The question is, can they do what the road-map describes? I am not the only one involved in the road-map. I am not the head of the NRC National Reform Council or the head of the Constitution Drafting Committee.”