Emergency decree extended in Bangkok

The Cabinet on Tuesday extends a state of emergency in Bangkok and three other surrounding provinces for three months.

The Emergency Decree hopes to prevent any repetition of the trouble in Bangkok earlier in the year.

The decree which would expire on Wednesday is extended also in Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakarn provinces.

Deputy government spokesman Supachai Jaisamut said that the cabinet decided to extend the decree in those provinces because they are still vulnerable and could be a target of instigating chaos.

The Cabinet on Tuesday appointed Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan as director of Center for the Resolution of Emergency Situations, replacing Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban who resigned to run in a by-election.

The Cabinet also appointed Army Commander in Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha as chief operation of the CRES, replacing his predecessor, Anupong Paochinda who retired last month.

News item courtesy of The Nation Newspaper at www.nationmultimedia.com

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