Sunday, 23 January 2022

Thai Govt convenes parliament session over massive protests

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BANGKOK: Thai lawmakers will meet for an extraordinary parliament session to discuss the demands put forward by participants of the ongoing anti-government rallies in Bangkok, Parliament President Chuan Leekpai said.

“The lawmakers of the government and opposition parties agreed today that there was a need to convene an emergency parliament session to find a way out of the situation in Bangkok and in the country in connection with the mass protests, and it was decided to convene such a session”, Chuan told reporters.

The official did not specify the exact date and time of the session.

The parliamentary opposition has been pushing for an emergency meeting since Thursday when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared a state of emergency in Bangkok set to last no longer than 30 days. The decree banned gatherings of more than five people and granted law enforcement agencies special powers.

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