Thai gov't passes bill giving army say over future policies

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Posted: Jun 22, 2017 9:50 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military-installed parliament has passed a bill that allows the ruling junta to continue to impose its policies after it holds elections and officially relinquishes power.

The National Legislative Assembly voted 281-0 Thursday in favor of the legislation, which calls for establishment of a national strategy committee to oversee the long-term plans of governments over the next two decades.

The committee's primary task is to set new goals every five years, with the proclaimed intent of facilitating social, political and economic development, which the military claims have been hindered by politicians in elected governments.

The military has held power since overthrowing an elected government in May 2014. It has said elections will be held next year.