Thai PM starts mulling to lift state of emergency

21:41, June 09, 2010      

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Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Wednesday has started considering a possibility to lift the state of emergency, acting government spokesman Panithan Wattanayakorn said.

Panithan's remark was made after premier Abhisit held an hour of meeting with national Army Commander-in-Chief General Anupong Paochinda, Deputy Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, and Thawil Pliensri, Secretary-General of the National Security Council (NSC), according to the Thai News Agency (TNA).

"The premier asked them for the possibility to lift the state of emergency," the acting government spokesman said.

The decision to maintain or lift the state of emergency will depend on the specific situation in each province, Panithan said.

"The army will bring this matter to assess as the situation in some province initially resumes normalcy, but the enforcement in many other provinces is still needed," said Panithan.

The anti-government movement in northeastern Nakornrathchasrima has still existed, the acting government spokesman said.

From April 7, 2010, the emergency rule has been imposed in several provinces, including Thailand's capital Bangkok, giving police and army expanded powers to control the then anti- government protests.

In a bid to ensure security, the state of emergency's enforcement has been maintained though the anti-government protests ended on May 19, leaving tremendous losses and damages to the country.

Source: Xinhua


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