PPP calls for lifting of martial law in N Thailand

www.chinaview.cn 

 2008-01-25 15:42:21

    BANGKOK, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) — Thailand’s People Power Party (PPP), the biggest party in the parliament which was newly formed earlier this week, on Friday called for lifting martial law in tourist-destination provinces in the North.

    Surapong Towichakchaikul, general secretary of the PPP, submitted his called through Parliament President Yongyuth Tiyapairat.

    He said it would be too late to wait for the new government to lift the martial law because the delay could affect tourism in the northern provinces.

    For example, Chiang Mai Province will have the annual flora festival next month but the martial law could scare tourists away, Surapong said.

    Thailand was announced under martial law after the military coup on Sept. 19, 2006. After several times of law-lifting, more than 100 districts of a dozen provinces, most of them are in the North, are still under military control so far.

    The new government is expected to be formed next month and the parliament will elect the prime minister next Monday.

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