Thai woman has to bow before late King's portrait for 'criticising royal family' but his death 'will not delay' 2017 election


The death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej will not affect plans to hold a general election in 2017, Thailand’s media reported on Monday.

The reports contradicted speculation that the military government, who came to power in a coup in 2014, might delay the poll due to the official year of mourning for the king.

“The government has reaffirmed its commitment to following the roadmap for general elections scheduled for late next year,” reported one of Thailand’s main English newspapers, The Bangkok Post.

Thais returned to work on Monday morning after a weekend that saw hundreds of thousands lining the streets to pay respect to their revered king. Most still continued to wear white and black clothes as a symbol of mourning.

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