Thailand government lifts emergency order for Bangkok area

March 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

BANGKOK, March 18 (UPI) -- Thailand's caretaker government voted Tuesday to end the state of emergency in the Bangkok area and replace it with the Internal Security Act.

The decision had been expected after a court laid out strict conditions for the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order in handling anti-government protesters, saying rallies to oust caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra were peaceful, the Bangkok Post reported.

The state-of-emergency decree was to expire on Saturday after it was enacted Jan. 22 following the People's Democratic Reform Committee stepping up its campaign against the Shinawatrra administration.

Thailand's Internal Security Act, effective Wednesday through April 30, was needed to maintain law and order during the March 30 Senate elections and the reruns of the general election expected in April, the prime minister's office said.

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