Thailand's coup-installed prime minister says new elections might not occur until 2016

Thailand's interim prime minister, who seized power in a military coup, has suggested that the country's next elections may not occur until 2016, although he earlier set a target date of October 2015.

Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was army commander when he toppled an elected government in May, said Wednesday he could not control the implementation of a roadmap he established earlier, which called for a new constitution in July 2015 and a general election about three months later.

Reporters asked him about the election date after Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, a legal expert, said the polls might not take place until 2016 because of the need to pass legislation for holding elections.