Thai gov't has no plan to replace Emergency Decree with ISA law: Deputy PM

09:12, July 02, 2010      

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Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban reiterated on Thursday that the Abhisit Vejjajiva led-government has no plan yet to replace the Emergency Decree with the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Nation online reported.

The Center of the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) has not finally decided whether or not to lift the emergency decree in some areas, Suthep, the CRES chairman, said.

The government will assess the situation based on reports from concerned authorities including the Interior Ministry, governors, the Royal Thai Police, provincial police, the army and intelligence agencies, he said.

"If any province can control the situation under normal law, it will be the first area to be out of the emergency decree. CRES has no plan to implement other measures besides law enforcement," the deputy prime minister said.

Thailand's acting national police chief Pateep Tanprasert has said there are reports of a plan to assassinate key political figures including Premeir Abhisit Vejjajiva, Deputy Premier Suthep, and judges, who will rule on the dissolution case against the ruling Democrat Party, and the election commissioners.

Suthep said attacks can be launched at places having an impact on the public, so that people will believe that the government can not control the situation.

Amid the ongoing assassination reports, Thailand's Election Commission (EC) has been careful, said EC Secretary-General Suthiphon Thaveechaikarn, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

An EC security committee, which has kept assessing the situation, coordinates with security agencies for intelligence reports, Suthiphon said.

Meanwhile, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Chief Tharit Pengdit said 20 more soldiers have been deployed to ensure security at the DSI compound.

The assessment on the situation by the concerned authorities will be made before the state of emergency will complete its 3- month term of the enforcement on July 7.

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 capital Bangkok and 23 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 from March 12 to May 19 stood at 88 and some 1,885 others were wounded.

Source: Xinhua


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