General Prayuth unveils government’s timeline

An interim government is expected to be in place in September with a functional cabinet after which there will be a National Legislative Assembly and a provisional constitution, announced General Prayuth Chan-ocha in his weekly televised address Friday night.

And by October, he said that Thailand would be administered by a government with a cabinet to implement policy like a normal government.

These, he explained, are the second stage of reform which will take approximate one year “if there are no complications for both the first stage which will take about three months and the second stage”.

On security issue, the head of the National Council for Peace and Order disclosed that since the imposition of martial law, authorities managed to seize 88 war weapons, 1.268 firearms of different types, over 7,000 rounds of ammunition and over 300 grenades and bombs.

He assured that martial law would be enforced only if necessary and normal laws would be applied and strictly enforced so that everyone must respect the law and social rules.

As far as reconciliation to reduce political divide is concerned, General Prayuth said that activities had been staged to allow people of different political views to gather together to exchange views in order to bring about mutual trust and to reduce mutual suspicion.

For the people to have trust in the justice system, he said that this would take time and the law must be applied equally and he urged cooperation from all parties concerned.

On foreign relations, he said that relations with friendly countries has started to pick up as they have a better understanding of the political situation in Thailand while government-to-government relations continue as normal.

On economic situation, General Prayuth said that consumers’ confidence index in the state of economy increased for the first time in 14 months from 57.7 to 60.7 point.