BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand's military government has invited representatives of political parties contesting next year's promised elections to discuss the planned lifting of a ban on political activity that has been in force since the army seized power more than four years ago.

The site of the Dec. 7 meeting called by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is Bangkok's Royal Thai Army Club, where the May 2014 coup led by Prayuth was announced. The junta that took over declared a nationwide ban on political gatherings of more than five people as one of many measures to suppress opponents of military rule.

Prayuth said Friday the planned meeting is necessary to make clear rules for the polls, which he confirmed were still tentatively scheduled for Feb. 24.

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