THE head of the junta that seized power in Thailand last month has said an interim government would be set up by August, the first time he has given a clear date on delegating any sort of power in the country.

General Prayuth Chan-ocha, in an address to senior military officials, announced the date as part of a three-phase plan of reconciliation, formation of a government and elections to be rolled out by the ruling National Council for Peace and Order.

He told a meeting about the 2015 budget. "A government will be set up by August, or at the very latest September."

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He did not say whether the government would be comprised of civilian or military figures.

The army took power on May 22 in a bloodless coup after six months of sometimes violent street protests pitting mainly rural supporters of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra against her Bangkok-based, royalist opponents.

Gen. Prayuth repeated in his address that a temporary constitution would be drafted within three months.