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Thailand's Interim Cabinet to Lift Ban on Political Gatherings


Thailand's military-installed government says it plans to lift a ban on political gatherings but will maintain martial law.

Interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said Tuesday in Bangkok that the political restrictions will be lifted after consultations with the military panel of coup leaders.

Martial law and related restrictions were put in place after Thailand's military removed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from office in a peaceful coup in September. Cases of violence or discontent have been rare since then.

Mr. Thaksin had faced public calls for his resignation over allegations of abuse of power and graft.

Mr. Surayud has vowed to unite the country. He will remain prime minister until elections next October.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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