Thai junta seeks US$10 billion in new security budget ahead of 2019 election

The Thai junta unveiled a new US$10 billion defence and security budget Thursday, in what may be its final opportunity to allocate extra funds to the armed forces before a promised return to elections early next year.
Military spending has risen since former army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power from the civilian government in 2014, fitting a pattern of Thai generals generously boosting budgets after their periodic coups.
The figures, proposed to the junta-picked National Legislative…