31 Mar '15, 7am

#Thailand PM Prayuth asks King Bhumibol's permission to lift martial law

BANGKOK (AFP, Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he has asked for King Bhumibol Adulyadej's permission to lift martial law which has been in place nationwide before a coup in May last year, but added that the military would retain sweeping powers. The law, among other things, bans all political gatherings and gives the military sweeping powers of arrest and detention. "I have asked for the king's permission to lift martial law. The power is now with His Majesty," Prayuth told reporters, adding that he would replace martial law with Article 44 in the interim constitution. “A new order (to replace martial law) will be issued very soon,” the former army chief said. Thailand has been under increased pressure from western allies, businesses and tour operators to lift martial law which was decreed shortly before the military seized power in a coup l...

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