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Thai PM To Decide On Lifting Emergency Decree Next Week
« on: August 14, 2010, 05:23:12 PM »
Thai PM To Decide On Lifting Emergency Decree Next Week

BANGKOK, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will decide early next week on whether or not to lift the emergency decree in 10 remaining provinces, including Bangkok, when the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) and security agencies forward a security review to him, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who oversees national security and serves as a director of CRES, said that the prime minister has made it clear that he wanted to revoke the state of emergency in those provinces including the capital as soon as possible.

The 10 remaining provinces are Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, and Samut Prakan.

However, the security agencies concerned consider national security and stability as a priority.

The CRES will integrate information and reports from local authorities, the police, the Internal Security Operations Command and an intelligence agency to review the security in each province.

"The CRES will submit the report directly to the prime minister on Aug 16 or 17. Cabinet approval is not needed," Suthep said.

Suthep, entrusted to monitoring the country's security while the premier is on vacation, added that as of Friday, no unrest was reported during the four-day public holiday.

The decree was enforced in Bangkok, its 22 surrounding provinces and in the northern and northeastern provinces since April 7 as the anti-government 'Red Shirt' United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD)demonstrated in Bangkok and upcountry.

The government then gradually revoked the special law. Currently the security law remains in place in 10 provinces including the capital.

The special security law bans political gatherings of more than five people and it also gives the right for the authorities to detain suspects without charge for 30 days.