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Thai Government to Lift Martial Law in Some Provinces


Thailand's military installed government Friday announced a proposal to lift martial law in 11 of 35 provinces.

But the government proposes to place new restrictions on three provinces that border Laos.

Former head of the military government, Sonthi Boonyaratglin, told reporters that martial law will remain in regions that are prone to drug problems. Many of the restricted provinces also supported the former political party of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thai prosecutors flew to England Friday to discuss the possibility of extraditing Mr. Thaksin on corruption charges. Last month, Thailand's supreme court suspended a case against Mr. Thaksin and his wife until they appear in court. Prosecutors charge the couple with illegally influencing a Bangkok real estate deal in 2003.

The two have been living in self-imposed exile in England since Mr. Thaksin was ousted in a coup last year.

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

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