Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
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Bangkok (VNA) 
- Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said that his government will not lift a ban on political activity until calm and order are restored.

Prayuth made the statement in response to political parties, particularly the Pheu Thai Party, who urged the government to remove the ban so that they can prepare for elections scheduled for November 2018.

However, the premier said that the ban will be lifted to allow parties to resume activities in compliance with the constitution and election-related laws.

Prayuth, who also serves as Chairman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), confirmed that he will consider lifting the ban after peace and order are fully restored. The Government will comply with the time frame of the elections.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the NCPO has not yet met to discuss the ban removal as there are still attempts to stir up disturbances. However, political parties still have enough time to manage and proceed with their political activities.-VNA