Curfew in some areas to be gradually lifted : Prayuth

national June 06, 2014 00:00

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Military junta chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha ensured Chinese businessmen that Thailand is still safe for tourists and investment and the curfew will be gradually lifted.

Prayuth, also army commander in chief, who led the power seizure last month, told Chinese businessmen that the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) was considering to lift a four-hour curfew in several areas at the soonest. The curfew which is now between midnight and 4am, was recently lifted in some tourist spots including Samui and Phuket.

He said the Chinese businesspeople could continue investment in the kingdom. Gen Prayuth told the group during their courtesy call on him at army headquarters that foreign investors could continue to invest while tourists could visit Thailand normally.

On foreign investment, Gen Prayuth said that the NCPO might delay ventures needing huge investment, saying that it has a policy to apply strict measures against corruption. He said that the council would ensure that there would be no demand for kickbacks from investors.

He said an interim government is expected to be formed within the next three months and afterward the NCPO would closely monitor it to make sure that the administration is free of corruption.


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