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We’ll resolve clash between political ban and parties’ need to fulfil organic law: Prawit

Dec 04. 2017
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The regime will provide a solution to the conundrum involving the political parties’ need to make arrangements for the national election and its keeping the ban on political activities in place, key junta figure General Prawit Wongsuwan said on Monday.

The deputy prime minister declined to give further details on whether the deadline for parties to complete their registration records under the organic political parties’ law would be extended, saying only that the regime’s legal department would take up the issue.

Despite the holding of Cabinet and National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) meetings on Monday, he said the regime had yet to assess the situation after the recent finding of weapons of war.

Some observers have speculated that the incident could affect the timing of the junta’s decision to allow political activities.

The ban on political activity is hindering parties from holding meetings despite the promulgation of the organic law, which requires them to complete the tidying up of their registration records by early January.

Prawit added that the media should see for themselves whether a revocation of the ban would fit the prevailing circumstances.

Because the new Cabinet has just taken office, ministers are working to adapt themselves to the new situation, he said, declining however to comment on the connection between the recent discovery of war weapons and the NCPO’s assessment of the present situation.

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