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10 October 2006 :: 17:10:59 pm 29965

PM says “Martial law to be lifted ‘as soon as possible “

BANGKOK, Oct 10 - Responding to many calls from the sidelines, Thailand‘s new interim government will consider lifting martial law as soon as possible, Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said on Tuesday.
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Speaking with the media following the first meeting of his cabinet, the prime minister said the cabinet agreed that as the martial law imposed since the September 19 coup had become an issue of interest and concern to many sides, the cabinet had accordingly resolved that it will consult with the military Council for National Security (CNS), previously known as the Council for Democratic Reform (CDR), on moving to lift the law.
 
The meeting with CNS to discuss this issue will be held at the office of the National Security Council (NSC), he said. Rights activists, academics, and varied civil society organisations have called for the revocation of martial law banning political gatherings and activities, claiming that the law violated the constitution and even the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Gen. Surayud said the government did not ignore the public concern over this subject but it needs some certain time to revoke the law. “We (the government) do care about the rights and freedom of our people. But we have to wait until the (political) tension eases. When the right time comes, we’ll consider lifting it as soon as possible,” he said. The first cabinet meeting, the prime minister said, also considered other urgent issues, including the outline of basic government policy and efforts to resolve the floods, a crisis the kingdom currently faces and which need urgent responses. Gen. Surayud said he told his cabinet members to focus on transparency, good governance, efficiency and practice of economy in doing their work.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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