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U.S. calls for immediate elections in Thailand

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The military junta announced that it envisages to call elections within 14 to 15 months

Defense Secretary U.S. Chuck Hagle today urged Thais to act "immediately" to hold democratic elections, shortly after the board announced that contemplates no call to the polls for another 14 to 15 months military.

"We urge the Thai Army to release the detainees, to lift restrictions on freedom of expression and act immediately to return power to the people through free and fair elections," Hagel told the security conference Shangri-La Dialogue , which closes tomorrow in Singapore. "Until that happens (...) the Department of Defense suspended and review all military assistance and cooperation with Bangkok," the secretary of defense.

While reiterating the commitment of the White House with this region of the world, Hagel said Washington "will respond when nations distance themselves from democracy", as has happened in Thailand. The U.S. call comes hours after the Thai army chief and the military junta, Prayuth Chon-ocha, reveal their plans for the country in a televised address to the nation last night.

The first of three phases consist of reconciling the sides and policymakers crisis drags the nation for eight years, the process for which estimated that it will take between two and three months. Participants in this stage the 270 people has called the military junta and has later arrested for a maximum of seven days, except 53 who did not attend.

General Prayuth said that all human rights of detainees and inmates who spend time at military installations is to temper the spirits are respected. "The restrictions on public assemblies of more than five people and the media are necessary," defended the military, who has repeatedly threatened the agitators who post reviews.

A reconciliation phase will follow the step of reforming the political system, which will require a period of twelve months. The head of the military junta will be noted that when a government for the next fiscal year begins in October, adding that a team of experts will draft a new constitution. The coup leaders envisage the formation of a National Assembly, although not say how that will elect a prime minister who will form his own Executive.

Finally, democratic elections to the new Constitution will be organized. "Nothing will happen if I do not stop prominent political demonstrations," said the general. Most Thais calmly took the military coup of May 22, the twelfth succeeding in Thailand since 1932, but some are manifest almost from the first day that at most protests have brought together several hundred people .

traslation: Belén Zapata