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State of emergency to be replaced with ISA tomorrow : Surapong

The caretaker cabinet will revoke the state of emergency tomorrow and replaced it with Internal Security Act (ISA) when it meets in its weekly meetinge on Tuesday to handle the political situation said Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order chief advisor Surapong Tovichakchaikul.

Surapong said the CMPO will ask the cabinet to lift a two-month state of emergency imposed in the capital and its adjacent provinces. The ISA will replace the emergency decree in the same areas. The state of emergency is due to expire on March 22.

After the ISA is implemented, the CMPO will change to become the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) but would initially work under the same structure.

Chalerm Yubamrung, in his capacity as director of CMPO would head the CAPO with the same members working and would use the Royal Thai Police Sports Club on Vibhavadi Road as its headquarters, said Surapong. He will attend the CMPO meeting today and ask the army to remove all bunkers set up on roads in Bangkok after the emergency decree is lifted.


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