Thailand’s government to hold referendum on constitution
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Thailand’s government to hold referendum on constitution

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s junta leader and prime minister says the government has agreed to hold a public referendum on the newly drafted constitution, indicating that the decision could delay a general election.

The move to amend the interim charter to allow the referendum came after calls by several sides for the public to be able to vote on whether they approve of the constitution.

The military abolished an earlier constitution after taking power in a May 2014 coup.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters the Cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order, the junta’s official name, agreed Tuesday to hold the referendum.

He said the process would take about three months and would affect the political road map that was laid out by the junta after the coup.