Thailand’s 2017 general election may be delayed: official hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan (Photo:

Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s government could delay holding a general election slated for 2017 if it causes damage to the country, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said on November 25.

He said the plan to hold the next general election in 2017 remained intact, but he did not rule out factors that could lead to a delay.

“The situation changes by day and by month. If we can hold an election, we will. If an election cannot be held, why should we insist on holding one and then cause damage?” Prawit said.

He made the remarks after a speculation that the election, slated for late 2017 or early 2018, could be delayed due to the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

On November 23, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said a 2017 election will definitely take place but a new government might not be formed until 2018.

He said “unforeseeable factors” could make it unlikely for a new administration to be formed within 2017.-VNA