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Merkel encourages Thai PM to lead his country to democracy

Merkel Encourages: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is encouraging Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to lead his country toward democracy.

Merkel said Wednesday before a meeting with Prayuth in Berlin that “Thailand has had very difficult years on the domestic front and … I will encourage the prime minister to continue along the path of Thailand’s return to democratic order as soon as possible.”

Prayuth, who heads the Thai regime that seized power in a 2014 coup, told Merkel “we are advancing toward elections in February 2019 and I have every intention of making the elections a fair and transparent process.”

The Thai government has previously said it would return the country to electoral democracy at earlier dates, but has repeatedly found reasons to postpone the polls.

Merkel encourages Thai PM to lead his country to democracy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, right, shake hands after a joint statement at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Merkel encourages Thai PM to lead his country to democracy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, left, address the media during a joint statement at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Merkel encourages Thai PM to lead his country to democracy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, left, address the media during a joint statement at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Merkel encourages Thai PM to lead his country to democracy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a joint statement with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Merkel encourages Thai PM to lead his country to democracy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a joint statement with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Merkel encourages Thai PM to lead his country to democracy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, right, arrive for a joint statement at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn

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