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PM Prayut chairs first Cabinet meeting after temporary suspension ends
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired his first Cabinet meeting today at Government House, after being absent since the Constitutional Court suspended him from active duty pending a ruling on his 8-year term in office.
Last Friday, the Constitutional Court ruled that the prime minister’s term has not expired, as it should be calculated from April 6th, 2017, which was the date of the promulgation of the current Constitution.
BMA urges people to work from home to avoid floods
Bangkok authorities on Tuesday urged government agencies and private companies to consider allowing their personnel and employees to work from home for the next few days, as Bangkok is expected to be hit by more heavy rains.
Bangkok Deputy Governor Tavida Kamolvej expressed fears that, between today and Friday, Bangkok faces possible heavy flooding with the arrival of floodwater from the north, along with forecast heavy rain.
Big clean-up begins Wednesday in Chiang Mai as floodwaters recede
Chiang Mai’s municipal workers launched a big clean-up of roads in the commercial area today, including the Chang Khlan Road and the Night Bazaar, as the water level in the Ping River gradually decreases. Some low-lying areas in Chiang Mai’s suburbs, however, remained inundated today, but the flood levels have dropped.
Special holiday approved for Nov 16-18 for APEC Summit
The cabinet has approved special public holidays, from November 16th to the 18th, for Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Samut Prakan for the APEC Summit. According to the Government’s Deputy Spokesperson, the special holidays have been approved to ease traffic issues and to accommodate leaders and attendees travelling to join the summit.