<p>Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, a day after a referendum. Thai voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed - rather than elected - officials. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)</p>
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta leader says he will hold elections in November 2017, under a newly approved constitution that will ensure the military's control over the next government.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who took power in a coup in 2014, has insisted before that he will hold elections in 2017 but until now had not given a specific month.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, he dismissed a journalist's suggestion that the polls could be postponed to 2018.
Following the junta's so-called road map to democracy "would put us on November 2017 when the whole process would be complete. So why would the elections be held in 2018?" he said.
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