Lifting emergency rule in 3 northeastern provinces possible: Thai Deputy PM

17:27, September 28, 2010      

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Thai government may revoke the state of emergency in three northeastern provinces within this week, the Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said.

The three northeastern provinces where the emergency decree might be revoked consist of Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, and Nakhon Ratchasima.

The Deputy PM stated that he had been assessing and reporting the general situation to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva continuously. He said the prime minister therefore will decide to lift the emergency rule once the situation was deemed normal.

Suthep said that the revocation of the emergency decree in more provinces would be based on the evaluation of situation by the Ministry of Interior, the police, the military, and intelligence units.

When asked whether revocation of the decree in Bangkok and its vicinity is likely, Suthep said concerned authorities were considering whether there would be disadvantages and problems in security operation or not.

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, the decree remains in effect in Bangkok and other 6 provinces since disturbances still frequently happened.

Source: Xinhua


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