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CMPO proposes lifting decree

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) will propose that the state of emergency in the capital and nearby areas be lifted next week, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanathabutr said yesterday.

It would be up to Cabinet to lift the decree and replace it with the Internal Security Act (ISA) implemented to maintain peace and order in the areas where the state of emergency ended, said Paradorn, who is also secretary of the CMPO.

Cabinet meets on Tuesday.

Paradorn said the ISA would cover Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Lat Lum Kaeo district of Pathum Thani, and Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan.

If the Cabinet approved the lifting of the state of emergency, the ISA would come into effect immediately, he said, adding that there was no need to wait until the emergency decree expired automatically on March 27.

The Civil Court recently prohibited the government from enforcing a number of measures under the state of emergency.

The Election Commission has delayed a decision on whether to approve a budget of more than Bt2 billion for the CMPO. Some commissioners wanted to see more expenditure detail, EC chief Supachai Somcharoen said.

It is a legal requirement that while in its caretaker role, government spending first needs EC approval.

Another EC member, Boonsong Noisophon, said the government's proposal to use part of the fiscal budget on CMPO expenditure needed more detail. The EC needed to look into the details of how the centre would spend the money, he said.


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