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Breaking norms, Thailand sets first 2019 ASEAN summit in June

Later-than-usual date will give country time to hold election and form government

BANGKOK -- Thailand will chair the first 2019 summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on June 22 and 23, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned.

The June dates give the junta time to hold widely expected general elections before the summit. Over the last 10 years, ASEAN countries held summits twice a year, and typically, the first meetings were conducted late April and early May.

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