16-10-16: Thailand in year-long mourning period – election still on

By Anya Palm

While millions of Thais these days unite to express their monumental sorrow over the loss of their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, foreign observers and allies alike cautiously wonder what will happen to the everyday affairs and long-term plans for the country.

A spokesman on Sunday took time to address the issue:

Trade, administration and investment will continue uninterrupted, regardless of the changed circumstances, spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said. He also confirmed that the government continues to implement the plan of returning Thailand to democracy in 2017 by holding a general election,