Khaosod reports that, should the dictatorship maintain its place until mid-2017, it will the longest period of military rule since 1969.
The point is a good one and results from the discarding of the draft constitution, even if it fudges a bit on history.
Although General Thanom Kittikachorn held elections in 1969, he and his military thugs simply formed a party and won the “election,” staying in power until a self-coup in 1971 that ousted parliament. Then the military continued until October 1973.
Khaosod reports that:
Sunday’s no-vote [ditching the draft charter] was mostly led by hardline, pro-junta members who believe junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha should stay in power to complete his mission of national reform prior to allowing public elections.