Thai govt expects to lift emergency decree on Dec. 22

20:03, December 16, 2010      

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Thai cabinet has a plan to review the state of emergency on next Tuesday and the revocation of the emergency decree should take effect by Dec. 22, National Security Council (NSC) secretary general Tawin Pleansri said on Thursday.

The Center of the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) has finalized its plans related to the dismantling of the emergency rule in Bangkok and surrounding areas and already handed over to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, he said.

After the revocation, the Internal Security Operations Command will be the main body to take charge of security issue in lieu of the CRES, Tawin said.

NSC secretary general also mentioned that there has been no sign of disturbance incitement in capital city of Bangkok during the New Year.

The emergency decree was initially imposed in April in one- third of the country's 77 provinces in the face of escalating violence during the prolonged protest of the anti-government "red- shirt" movement. The decree was gradually lifted in some provinces as the situation improved but is still in force in Bangkok and three surrounding provinces -- Nontaburi, Samut Prakarn and Pathum Thani.

The decree prohibits gathering of more than five people for the political purpose and allows detention of suspect for up to 30 days without charge.

Source: Xinhua

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