Thai soldiers guard in Bangkok (Source: xinhua/VNA)

Bangkok (VNA) – The ban on political activities, which has been imposed in Thailand since the coup d’état in May 2014, will be lifted in June when all new political parties are established, said Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

He made the announcement in response to parties’ calls to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to lift the ban, at a meeting hosted by the Election Commission (EC) on March 28.

"But we have to wait for new parties to be established so all parties can move forward together in June," he said.

Political activities will only be fully allowed after the organic bill on the election of MPs becomes law, according to an NCPO order.

Thailand currently has 69 political parties. After the coup d’état in May 2014, all political activities have been banned in the country.-VNA