Thai Junta's Prayuth Says Reforms Must Come Before Democracy

  • Junta leader says new election won't be held until mid-2017
  • Prayuth lashes out at those seeking to 'defame' government

Prayuth Chan-Ocha.

Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Thailand’s junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha used his year-end speech to remind his countrymen that he seized power in order to reform the nation and that a return to democracy will have to wait until that’s accomplished and won’t come before 2017.

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