BANGKOK, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday approved to lift the emergency decree in six provinces as suggested by the deputy prime minister, leaving another ten provinces, including Bangkok, still under the emergency rule.
According to the government's acting spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn, Abhisit has endorsed the revocation of the decree in six out of 16 provinces. They are Ayutthaya, Nong Bua Lamphu, Chaiyaphum, Chon Buri, Mukdahan and Maha Sarakham.
The order came after the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), a body in charge of security under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, submitted its report recommending for lifting emergency rule in six provinces.
The endorsement of lifting the special security decree was usually given by the Cabinet before a weekly Cabinet meeting on Wednesday agreed to grant the prime minister the power to decide whether, where and when to lift the decree, which had been imposed on Bangkok and some other areas in Thailand since April 7 in the face of the then escalating anti-government rally by red-shirts movement.