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Thai king’s coronation speech will indicate stability of royal-military alliance and likely commit military to 2018 election

13 October 2017


Thailand’s prime minister and military chief announced on 10 October that Thailand would hold national elections in November 2018. The announcement followed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to Washington, DC, where US President Donald Trump publicly welcomed Thailand’s “commitment to democracy in 2018”.

Thailand has had 12 military coups since the introduction of constitutional monarchy in 1932, but the tenure of the current military government is among the longest. This is the third time in two years that Prayut has announced an election; previous announcements similarly followed visits with foreign premiers. However, the latest announcement, which cites a month, is the most precise yet – although it does not specify an exact date.

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