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Phuket Governor: 'No need to worry about martial law'

Phuket Governor: 'No need to worry about martial law'

PHUKET: After the declaration of martial law this morning (May 20) in Bangkok by Army commander in chief Gen Prayuth Chan-Ocha, Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut has been quick to calm any concerns that the Bangkok situation will have any effect on Phuket.

By Wiparatana Nathalang

Tuesday 20 May 2014, 03:46PM

Gov Maitri:

Gov Maitri:

In a conversation plagued with poor reception, Gov Maitri told The Phuket News he was on his way to Nakorn Sri Thammarat for a meeting at Fourth Army Headquarters, which is in command of some 35,000 troops and is responsible for the whole of the South.

The Governor said, “The introduction of Martial Law in Bangkok has no implications for Phuket. Everything is as normal now.”

Meetings are being held simultaneously in Bangkok and the other three regional headquarters – Nakhon, Korat and Phitsanulok, with videpo conferencing linking them all.

Vice Governor Sommai Preechasilpa told The Phuket News, “Dissemination of the new policy from Bangkok is being done by region.

“Governor Maitri has gone to Nakhon Sri Thammarat for a meeting at 2pm to be briefed on the situation and the reasons why Martial Law was imposed.

“This meeting is for officials in the provinces of the South. Senior government officials, officers of the armed forces, senior police and civil society figures are in the meeting. Each of the participants involved will be invited to put forward their opinions and suggestions.”

The meeting is expected to take about two hours, she said.

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