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Some one and a half months after the country's military seized power, it presents a roadmap for democratic reforms. Journalist Thepchai Yong tells DW about the current developments and the media's role in the country.

The coup d'état in Thailand is entering its second month. The military recently presented a roadmap to draft a new constitution and announced that elections will only take place after October 2015.

In a DW interview, Thepchai Yong, chief editor of Nation Multimedia Group, the second largest English-language media publisher, says that the political turmoil in the Southeast Asian nation is not just a matter of the poor versus the rich as major international broadcasters tend to portray the situation in the country.

DW: Thailand's military emphasizes its neutral role as an organizer of reforms. Do you agree?

Thepchai Yong: Under normal circumstances I wouldn't want to trust those men in uniform, because their attitude towards democracy is quite different from the rest of the society. But this time it seems to be different. At least the military junta has put forth a so called road map that is supposed to pave the way for Thailand to eventually return to democracy after the general election, which will be held only after 15 months in October next year.

Members of the Thai society are divided over the timeframe. Thai people are facing a dilemma. While many say 15 months are too long, others are of the view that as the military is doing a good job, it's alright if the elections are delayed. more…

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