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Emergency decree likely to be lifted in many areas: Thai PM

06-24-2010 15:57 BJT

BANGKOK, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The emergency decree would likely be lifted in many areas after its enforcement expires on July 7, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Thursday.

The Center for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES) will report its assessment on the invocation of the state of emergency before it is due to expire on July 7, he said, quoted by the Bangkok Post's website.

"I expect the emergency law will be revoked in many areas," Abhisit said.

The state of emergency has been declared in the capital Bangkok on April 7 and extended to 23 provinces to deal with the then anti- government "red-shirt" protests, which were dispersed by the military on May 19.

Meanhwile, police in the northeastern province of Udon Thani defused a home-made bomb, which was found at a public telephone booth in the city of Udon Thani.

The bomb, four PVC pipes stuffed with TNT, was found by a motorcycle taxi driver in a cream-brown cloth bag left inside the telephone booth.

A joss stick has been lit with the apparent intention to burn down and light the fuse and set off the explosive, but it stopped burning and the bomb did not explode.

Police from the Border Patrol Police Division 24 rushed to the scene and the device was later destroyed.

The latest development in Udon Thani followed a bomb blast outside the major coalition Bhumjaithai Party (BJT) headquarters in north Bangkok on Tuesday.

Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul said it is not concluded yet if the bomb found in Udon Thani is linked with the blast outside the BJT headquarters in Bangkok, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Police are now investigating the two cases, the interior minister said.

"Personally, I 80 percent believe that these are the political- related matters," Chavarat said.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the " red-shirt" protesters and troops during March 12 to May 19 stood at 88 as some 1,885 others were wounded.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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