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Taking the first step back! PM revokes severe emergency in Bangkok

PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha kept his word that he would take a step back as announced over TV pool last night by repealing the serious emergency in Bangkok area with immediate effect at around noon today (Oct. 22), Amarin TV reported.

In his announcement last night Gen. Prayut said both sides should take a step back and wait for a resolution of the current crisis through the parliamentary process.

An extraordinary parliamentary session for a general debate without vote under Section 165 has been scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27.

In today’s announcement Prime Minister Prayut said he is revoking the announcement of a serious emergency in the area of Bangkok on October 15, 2020 and its declaration on October 16, 2020.  

This was implemented to take urgent measures according to the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) to suppress action affecting the monarchy and control and resolve disturbances that lead to the unrest.

This severe emergency was to last until November 13, 2020 but it now appears the serious events necessitating its implementation have eased and have stopped.

Government officials and various government agencies are able to implement measures as required by various laws to resolve these problems normally, Gen. Prayut said in the announcement.


Top: Prime Minister Prayut, rigt, and a copy of today’s announcement, left. Thai headline says, “revoking severe emergency.” Photo: Amarin TV


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