Emergency Decree declared for Bangkok


Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government has declared a 60 day Emergency Decree in Bangkok and the surrounding areas as of 6.30 p.m. local time last night.

The decree will be effective until 22nd March and will be supervised by Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul. The areas affected by the decree are Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani’s Lat Lum Kaeo district and Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district.

The Bangkok Post reports that the emergency decree could cost the tourism sector around 10 billion baht (£184.64 million; $304 million) in lost revenue.

Elections are due to be held on 2nd February.

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