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Thai cabinet approves emergency in 5 more provinces

05-17-2010 08:36 BJT

BANGKOK, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Thai cabinet on Sunday approved imposition of emergency law in five provinces in northeast area, which will put 22 provinces under the law.

Earlier, the protesters' leader called for talks with the government under the United Nations mediation.

Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn a crackdown on "red- shirts" will continue despite their plea for UN-mediated talks.

Sunday afternoon, the government announced abandonment of a planned curfew in Bangkok area as there were no immediate necessary

The five provinces are Ubon Ratchathani, Mahasarakham, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon and Nong Bua Lampu.

Earlier, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has declared emergency in 17 provinces, including five in northeast area, the stronghold of the anti-government "red-shirt" movement.

Meanwhile, the cabinet also approves a two-day holidays from Monday in Bangkok.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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