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CMPO considers lifting emergency decree

It is believed that the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) will seek government approval to lift the state of emergency and replace it with the Internal Security Act (ISA) this week.

National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabut said yesterday that the government had to conform to the Civil Court's order as well as respond to the business sector's call to scrap the emergency decree due to the negative impacts on the economy. He added that the authorities might impose the ISA instead.

A security source, who asked not to be named, said changing over to the to the ISA was aimed at avoiding the nine points the Civil Court had prohibited action on.


CMPO director and caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said the emergency decree did not really exist because of the restrictions the court had placed. He added that it was up to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to decide if the government should impose the ISA, adding that he expected a repeat of the 2010 riots because the government did not have full authority.

Meanwhile, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul criticised the Civil Court's decision in light of the politics-related violence in the country.

He said the Cabinet should instruct the police to look into whether the emergency decree should be lifted and if it finds grounds to keep it in place, then it should not be scrapped.



The decree is set to expire on March 22.

CMPO member Tarit Pengdith said the centre had asked the Civil Court to withdraw its prohibition and had called on the Criminal Court to revoke bail permission for PDRC's Rawee Maschamadol after he led a rally to the Energy Ministry last week.

The CMPO also petitioned the Constitutional Court yesterday, asking it to order PDRC protesters to stop rallying as they were not really peaceful.

The petition also said that the protesters were making an unconstitutional attempt to come to power. It submitted 60 boxes with 930 folders of documents as evidence. These included photographs of violent incidents and transcripts of PDRC leaders' speeches.


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