Lifting emergency likely in NE Thai provinces: minister

17:21, September 23, 2010      

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Thai Interior Minister Chaovarat Chanweerakul on Thursday said he would recommend the Center for the Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) for the lifting of emergency rule in three northeastern provinces -- Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani and Khon Kaen, local website the Nation reported.

Under Chaovarat's recommendation, the state of emergency would continue to be imposed on the capital city of Bangkok and the remaining central provinces of Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.

The CRES is expected to complete its security assessment to the cabinet before Oct. 5, the deadline to decide whether to keep or revoke emergency rule.

The imposition of emergency decree is regulated for reconsideration by the cabinet on the basis of every 90 days.

The government had imposed emergency decree in Bangkok and its vicinity since April 7 in the face of escalating anti-government rally in Bangkok by "Red-shirts" movement before extending to include 23 provinces over all as the situation deteriorated.

Although the government revoked the decree in some provinces, it remains in effect in Bangkok and other 6 provinces.

Source: Xinhua


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