The TV grab taken on May 30, 2014, shows Thai coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha during his statement on TV. Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday night said an interim government will be formed before the new 2015 fiscal year start, which is slated in October, while elections are expected to be held after at least 15 months. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)
BANGKOK, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Thai coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday night said an interim government will be formed before the new 2015 fiscal year start, which is slated in October, while elections are expected to be held after at least 15 months.
The military did not want power but it needed to seize power as the political impasse had prevented the country from moving forward, Prayuth said during a televised address.
The country's democracy needed to be suspended for the time being for Thais to have democratic attitude in line with the international practice first, Prayuth was quoted by the Nation newspaper as saying.
A plan was mapped out by the coup leader to reform the country before elections.
The first phase, expected to take two or three months, would focus on ensuring security and reconciliation, he said.
A temporary constitution is expected to be drafted out by legal experts during the second phase, which is expected to take about a year. A National Assembly will then be set up and a prime minister will be chosen, reported the Bangkok Post.
Gen Prayuth said the budget for the next fiscal year was being worked out for approval by the legislative body, adding that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) would observe regulations governing budget spending and would listen to opinions of relevant individuals and agencies in budget spending.
Prayuth said the coup, which was declared last Thursday, was to end the problems and violence, restore peace, as well as to return happiness to the country.
When the mission finished, the army will go back to military duty, he said.
The curfew will be eased in some tourism areas if the situation is improved, and laws will be restored as soon as possible if the overall situation returns to normal, Prayuth added.
The summons of individuals who were directly and indirectly involved in the violence and unrest in the country, Prayuth said, were to calm them down.
Those who refused to report to the NCPO were considered uncooperative and will be prosecuted according to law, he said.
The coup leader also urged all sides to cooperate and stop using violence, saying differences should be discussed in order to find agreeable solutions to move the country forward, reported local media.
BEIJING, May 30 (Xinhuanet) -- It has been one week since the army took control in Thailand. Calling itself the National Council for Peace and Order, the military government has pledged to hold elections, but offered no time frame or roadmap for bringing the country back to democracy. On Thursday, Thai troops and police blocked all incoming roads to Bangkok’s Victory Monument, saying they will no longer allow any demonstrations against the military takeover.
Thailand’s senior military officers met with foreign media on Thursday for the first time since deposing the elected government. They insisted that they have no intention of clinging to power. Full story
BANGKOK, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Thai army chief Gen Prayuth Chan- ocha has been approved by the Thai monarch as head of the National Council for Peace and Order which has staged a military coup to oust an elected caretaker government last week.
Gen Prayuth on Monday attended a ceremony for the naming of himself as head of the council at the army headquarters in the presence of navy chief Adm Narong Pipatanasai, air force chief ACM Prajin Juntong and former police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, all of whom had supported last Thursday's coup. The monarch's approval for Gen Prayuth as head of the coup junta was given on Saturday, an army source said. Full story