Trump expecting Thai election in 2018

Breaking News October 04, 2017 12:05

By The Nation

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United States President Donald Trump has hailed Thailand’s commitment to a roadmap that would see free and fair elections held in 2018, according to a joint statement issued by the two countries following Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to the White House.

The statement said President Trump welcomed the commitment to the roadmap, which upon implementation of relevant organic laws as stipulated in the Constitution, would lead to free and fair elections in 2018.

General Prayut had assured Trump during their meeting at the White House on Tuesday that an election date would be announced next year, with the election to follow within 150 days, as stipulated in the charter.

Prayut said he raised the subject without prompting from Trump.

The Thai premier led a delegation to Washington that included Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and top-level economic officials. They are spending three days in the US and meeting other senior state and business officials.

Tuesday’s meeting between Prayut and Trump in the Oval Office signalled the revitalisation of Thai-US relations following a chilled period resulting from the 2014 coup led by Prayut.

The US visit also saw several new deals announced.

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