Thai PM given power on lifting emergency decree

16:47, July 28, 2010      

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The Thai Cabinet Wednesday agreed to grant the prime minister the power to decide whether, where and when to lift the emergency rule that is still in force in Bangkok and 15 other provinces, said the deputy government spokesman.

Supachai Jaisamut said after the weekly Cabinet meeting that the prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's decision, however, still has to be endorsed by the Cabinet according to the law.

The spokesman said the question of when or where to lift the emergency decree was not raised for discussion at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, though it will be discussed in a meeting of the National Security Council later in the day.

Abhisit said on Tuesday the decree will maintain in Bangkok after a bombing in the downtown area Sunday night killed one and injured another nine persons. He said, however, the special security decree will be gradually lifted in other provinces.

The national reconciliation committee chaired by former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun last week proposed that the government end the state of emergency in all the 16 provinces, including Bangkok, before the blast prompted the government to rethink about lifting the decree.

The emergency rule has been enforced in Bangkok, its surrounding provinces and in some Northern and Northeastern provinces since April 7 as the anti-government group "red-shirts" demonstrated in Bangkok and upcountry. The state of emergency persists though the rally ended on May 19 following the army's operation to disperse the protestors.

Source: Xinhua


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