Emergency decree extended in restive South

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Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

Bangkok – The government has decided to extend the emergency decree in the violence-torn South for another three months.

An emergency situation management meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, agreed to extend the enforcement of the Executive Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations for another three months to deal with unrest in southern border provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, and Pattani. The extended decree will expire on March 19, 2018.

The meeting also acknowledged a plan to revoke the emergency decree in certain areas. The plan was approved by the cabinet on September 12, 2017.

The decree was first declared in 2005.