Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a press conference. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) —€” The head of the military junta that took control of Thailand in a coup last week says elections may not take place for more than a year because peace and reforms must be achieved first.

Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha spelled out the junta’s plans Friday in his first speech directly to the public since the May 22 coup.

Prayuth repeated warnings against protests or resistance to the army’s takeover, saying they would slow the process of bringing back happiness to the Thai people.

He explained the junta’s plans for administering the country, emphasizing financial stability and transparency.