Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej approved the prime minister's request to dissolve the lower chamber of that country's Parliament on Monday, setting the stage for new elections, a government spokesman said.
The Thai government said Friday it has lifted a four-month ban on YouTube after the popular video-sharing Web site's operator agreed not to allow videos that violate the country's laws or are deemed offensive to Thai people.
Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said Monday his interim government agrees the next general election should be held on December 23. If carried out, it will be the first vote since last year's coup toppled the government.
Voters in Thailand's first-ever national referendum approved a new constitution Sunday, clearing the way for an election by the end of December that would restore civilian rule after last year's military-led coup, unofficial results showed.
In the wake of this week's military coup in Thailand, former central bank Governor Chatumongol Sonakul is favored to become the country's interim civilian leader, The Bangkok Post newspaper said Saturday.
Thailand's long-reigning king endorsed the bloodless military coup that ousted the country's prime minister, according to a televised statement, and the general who seized power promised to restore civilian rule within a year.
Three people were killed and more than a dozen others were wounded in Thailand's troubled south when more than 30 bombs exploded Thursday in police stations and government offices across three Muslim-dominated provinces, according to Thailand's military.