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Junta Leader Assures Thailand 'Will Return to Democracy'

The head of Thailand’s military-dominated junta, Prayuth Chan-ocha has defended seizing power two years ago to avoid further unrest “or even civil war.” Prayuth, who, as army commander-in-chief, led a bloodless coup in May 2014 and has since become prime minister, Friday told those attending a regional security summit, “I can assure you that Thailand will return to democracy.” The military takeover, which ousted a weakened civilian government, was needed “to put the country on the...

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