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Thailand on road to democracy: PM

Sep 22. 2016
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By The Nation

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PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha Wednesday assured in his address to the United Nations General Assembly that his government would lead the country towards democracy following the endorsement of the new constitution in a referendum last month.
“This referendum reflects the genuine intention of the government to promote the democratic process, while taking into account the views expressed by the international community,” he said.
In his speech to the 71st session of the UN assembly, Prayut insisted that the junta aimed to pave the way for “sustained political governance” during the post-coup transitional period, with the general election to be held late next year.
The government has also curbed the use of military courts to try civilians, as the situation has returned to normal, he said.
The premier’s remarks were a reaction to constant international concerns over the junta’s undemocratic restrictions on the rights of citizens since the 2014 coup.
 

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