#THAILAND : Internal Security Act replacing Emergency Decree

March 17 — The caretaker cabinet, at its weekly meeting tomorrow will revoke the emergency decree and return to use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) to handle the political situation, according to caretaker Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul.
Mr Surapong, chief advisor to the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), said the agency will ask the cabinet to lift a two-month state of emergency imposed in the capital and its adjacent provinces to handle the anti-government protesters.
The ISA will replace the emergency decree in the same areas.
The Emergency Decree is due to expire March 22.
Mr Surapong said after the ISA is implemented, the CMPO will revert to become the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) but would initially work under the same structure.
Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, in his capacity as director of CMPO would head the CAPO with the same members working and would use the Royal Thai Police Sports Club on Vibhavadi Road as its headquarters, said Mr Surapong.
Mr Surapong said he will attend the CMPO meeting today and ask the army to remove all bunkers set up on roads in Bangkok after the emergency decree is lifted. (MCOT

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