"The elections will be held in 2017. I have never said anything different from that. One must have confidence in the road map of the government, which we strictly adhere to," the head of the Thai government said in a televised address.
The timing of general elections, initially planned for 2016, was repeatedly debated. After the new constitution was adopted, President of the National Legislative Assembly Meechai Ruchuphan suggested that the elections could be postponed to 2018.
In 2014, a military coup occurred in Thailand, with the military having dissolved the Senate and detained a number of political and public figures, including former Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra, who later appeared in court. These events were preceded by massive anti-government protests.