Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Bangkok (VNA)
–Thailand will hold the general election only after the coronation ceremony for the new King Vajiralongkorn, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on June 19.

However, he did not reveal the specific time for the coronation.

Speaking after the weekly cabinet meeting, the PM called on Thai people to keep peace and order on the threshold of the royal ceremony.

King Vajiralongkorn assumed the throne after the death of his father in 2016, but he is yet to hold an official coronation ceremony.

Earlier on May 22, PM Prayut Chan-ocha reiterated that the general election will take place in early 2019 and no sooner, rejecting the possibility of an earlier election as requested by the opposition party.

The military government initially promised to hold a general election in 2015 but has pushed back the date several times.

The Thai PM on May 1 reassured that the general election will be definitely held in early 2019. The statement was made amid the anti-junta activists’ warning to stage a large-scale demonstration in May.

It was not the first time the chief of the Thai military government promised that the election would take place no later than February 2019.

The PM said the election has been postponed several times due to legal process and the international community would understand it.-VNA