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Thai junta lifts curfew to bolster tourism

Bangkok, June 13 (Reuters): Thailand’s ruling military government lifted a nationwide curfew today to bolster the country’s vital tourism industry and promised to instal an interim government in August.

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who heads the council that has overseen the country since taking over on May 22, said that power would be handed to a government in August. That, he said, was part of a three-phase plan of reconciliation, formation of a government and elections.

“A government will be set up by August, or at the very latest September,” Prayuth told a meeting devoted to the 2015 national budget. He did not say whether the government would be made up of civilians or military officials.

In an evening television announcement, the National Council for Peace and Order said conditions had improved enough — after months of violent street protests — to lift the curfew across the country.

“As the situation has improved and there have been no incidents that can lead to violence ... and in order to improve tourism, the curfew will be lifted in all remaining provinces,” the council announcement said.

The curfew, imposed throughout Thailand after the coup, was lifted over the past week in 30 provinces, including the main tourist destinations. It had remained in place from midnight to 4am in 47 provinces.

 
 
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