December 17, 2014
Thai interim PM sets election date
Thailand's caretaker prime minister, Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan, said he had asked the Election Commission to organise an election on Aug. 3.
Niwatthamrong also said he would talk to the army chief "as soon as possible" to end the country's political crisis hours after the army declared martial law.
"The government has sent a letter to the Election Commission suggesting that it organise an election on August 3 which we think is suitable. If the commission agrees then next week we can issue a decree," Niwatthamrong told reporters.
In turn, Thailand's army chief said rival political groups should talk to each other and that the martial law would last until peace and order had been restored.
"We ask all sides to come and talk to find a way out for the country," General Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.
He said the army had acted to restore order and build investor confidence, after more than six months of political unrest during which the economy has slumped.
The army would take action against anyone that used weapons and harmed civilians, he added