State of emergency in Bangkok to remain until by-election on July 25

13:52, June 18, 2010      

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The emergency decree will not be lifted during the by-election in capital Bangkok's constituency 6 on July 25 as demanded by the opposition Puea Thai Party, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said on Friday, the Bangkok Post' s website reported.

"It is not possible for the government to revoke the emergency decree during the by-election," the deputy premier in charge of security affairs said.

On June 15, Thailand's weekly cabinet meeting approved the July 25 by-election date for the Bangkok Constituency 6 according to a proposal of the country's Election Commission (EC).

The by-election is planned to fill the vacant House seat left by ruling Democrat MP Tiva Ngernyuang, who passed away recently.

The Bangkok Constituency 6 covers Bong Chok, Khlong Samwa, and Bueng Kum districts.

The Democrat Party is the country's leading ruling party, which is led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Though the anti-government protests ended on May 19, the Thai government has still maintained its enforcement of the state of emergency in order to ensure security for the public.

The state of emergency has been imposed from April 7, 2010, in 24 provinces of Thailand's 76 provinces, empowering police and army to control the then anti-government protests.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the " red-shirt" protestors and troops during March 12 to May 19 stood at 88 as some 1,885 others were wounded.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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