THAI PM SETS SEPTEMBER DEADLINE ON ELECTION PARTICIPATION
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha will announce in September whether he will take part in politics in the run-up to general elections next year, Channel News Asia reports. As army chief, Prayuth, 64, led a 2014 coup that ousted a civilian government to end a prolonged period of sometimes deadly unrest. Thailand will hold a general election by May 5 next year, a deputy prime minister said on June, signaling the possibility of another delay of a vote that had tentatively been set for February. Last week, Prayuth brushed aside a widely-shared article from a Jakarta Post columnist who suggested that Thailand should not be allowed to host next April’s ASEAN summit unless Prayuth has fulfilled his much-delayed promise of holding a fair election, Coconuts Bangkok reports.