Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha makes a gesture at a ceremony held to mark National Teachers' Day.//Photo : Prasert Thepsri
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha makes a gesture at a ceremony held to mark National Teachers' Day.//Photo : Prasert Thepsri

 PM publicly admits election might be postponed

politics January 16, 2019 14:56

By The Nation

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted on Wednesday that the election might be postponed but gave assurances it would be within the timeframe of May 9.



The country must have an election, he said in a speech addressing National Teacher’s Day.

"There is nothing that could change that requirement, but the date may be pushed back or brought forward," he said.

“This is required by the Constitution,” said the premier. “Otherwise, we have to amend the charter. But that is impossible.”

This is the first time that Prayut has directly admitted that the election poll might be changed from the previously expected February 24 date.

The country was preparing for the royal enthronement ceremony, he said, and asked that everyone try to keep the country peaceful.

The post-election activities such as results announcement, scrutiny of MP qualifications, and setting up of a new government should not overlap with the coronation, Prayut said.