Thailand’s prime minister said previously proposed November elections are not feasible “in the current environment”, 10 days after the Thai army quashed an anti-government protest in Bangkok.
However, in his weekly television address yesterday, Abhisit Vejjajiva said he believed the situation in Thailand was “getting back to normal”.
Thai authorities have lifted a night-time curfew in place since May 19, when leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) called a halt to their two-month protest amid chaotic violence in the commercial heartland of Bangkok.
Mr Abhisit told foreign diplomats and media he did not “rule out early elections”, but believed that polls could not be held before a broader reconciliation programme was implemented. He hoped to revive a five-point peace plan offered in early May, which protest leaders initially welcomed but ultimately turned down.