PM affirms election in submerged Southern provinces not to be postponed

December 19th, 2007 - 9:38 am ICT by admin  

Prime Minister and Interior Minister Surayud Chulanont affirms the government will not postpone the general election in the three Southern border provinces due to flooding.

Gen.Surayud says there is no need to put the election off as main routes in the submerged areas are still functional although some bridges have been damaged. The premier has instructed all relevant units to provide assistance for those affected by the flood, including the Ministry of Interior, the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center, as well as the Internal Security Operations Command Region 4.

The prime minister also informs that he will travel to the three Southern border provinces on December 21 to preside over the opening ceremony of the Thai-Malaysian Friendship Bridge and to meet with the flood victims.

The premier says further that it is not easy to identify the real cause of the flooding. Some of the flood water came from Malaysia which is also submerged.

Source : National News Bureau Public Relations Department

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