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ISA may replace draconian emergency decree in South

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The government extended the enforcement of the Internal Security Act (ISA) in parts of the deep South for one more year on Friday, with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ordering that security agencies look into the possibility to expanding it to other areas now under a much tighter clampdown. 

The decision, reached at a special cabinet meeting of selected ministers and National Security Council chiefs, means four districts of Songkhla and Mae Lan district in Pattani are still covered by the ISA, while the rest of  Pattani and the other southernmost border provinces of Narathiwat and Yala remain under the more draconian emergency decree.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, who was in the meeting, said the prime minister had ordered a thorough study of the possibility of lifting the emergency decree in other districts of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala and replacing it with the ISA.

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