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Thai king will be crowned after general election, says Prayuth

Ruling military junta left with fewer excuses to postpone the poll next year

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks during a news conference on Dec. 4. (Photo by Hiroshi Kotani)

BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Tuesday that the coronation ceremony of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun would take place after next year's planned general election to reinstall democracy in Thailand.

Speaking to reporters after his weekly cabinet meeting, Prayuth changed tack on an earlier statement in June, when he said that the coronation would happen before the election.

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