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Thai PM says martial law to be lifted before election
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14:15, September 15, 2007

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Thailand's Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said on Saturday that the martial law imposed in some provinces since last September's military coup may be lifted before the upcoming general election.

Surayud, during his weekly TV talk program, said he has assigned the National Security Council (NSC) to consider lifting martial law in northern and northeastern provinces before the election.

He said the NSC was considering the matter and there should be no problem in lifting the martial law.

"The NSC is considering the matter and there should be no problem. Areas with real security threats will still need the martial law but other areas may not need it. We will consider lifting it based on this principle," said the premier.

Several groups, especially the People's Power Party, has called on the government to lift the martial law before the election late this year.

Since the military coup d'etat on Sept. 19 last year, the military coup group has imposed martial law all over the country. In February this year, more than half of all the 76 provinces were freed from the martial law but all of the northern and northeastern provinces were still under military control.

Source: Xinhua

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