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PM to keep ‘special law’ despite opposition

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PM to keep ‘special law’ despite opposition
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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday dismissed accusations the nation’s emergency decree is only in place to control anti-government protestors.

Move Forward Party MP Rangsiman Rome on Sunday demanded the PM lift the special law, claiming it is only being used to take legal action against protesters rather than curbing the spread of the Covid-19.

Rangsiman says the government had eased a number of pandemic restrictions, including allowing people to take off their face masks in open-air spaces, so there was no need to maintain the decree.

The government has extended the decree 18 times in two years despite the drop in coronavirus cases and the easing of pandemic restrictions.

But PM Prayut hit back at the MFP MP’s attack and saying the emergency decree is still needed, despite the easing of restrictions. He insisted the special law will continue but added the cabinet will reassess the situation when the time is right.

The 68 year old premier says the special law was successfully invoked to curb the spread of the pandemic.

The emergency decree was introduced on March 26, 2020 to control the spike in Covid cases, and gave the PM full control of anti-virus measures as head of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

PM Prayut is positive about Thailand’s economic outlook post pandemic, and the reopening of the country has seen an increase in international tourists, but he says health issues remain a concern for the government. Overcrowding at immigration checkpoints is a worry and some Covid restrictions need to be kept in place so there is no resurgence of cases.

“The people are in [economic] hardship. Don’t you think the prime minister is troubled by that? We’re trying to help to the best of our ability without causing more problems.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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