NCPO to revoke 145 directives

NCPO to revoke 145 directives

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, as the chief of the National Council for Peace and Order, says 145 directives issued under NCPO rule will be revoked.

Speaking after chairing a joint meeting of the cabinet and the NCPO, Gen Prayut said that the meeting considered which directives issued by the NCPO should be revoked.

He also defended all the orders and announcements, saying: "They have not caused any damage.''

Gen Prayut added that the NCPO would publicise the work it has done to solve the country's problems.

One of the NCPO's greatest achievements is that it has been able to maintain peace and order during the past five years, he said.

The prime minister said that the NCPO plans to hand over its tasks to the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) when it steps down from power. Isoc will be restructured to accommodate this, he said.

According to General Prayut, 68 orders will be directly revoked, while relevant agencies will issue legislation to revoke a further 77, and 65 directives will be made into law.

Since the NCPO staged the coup in 2014, it has issued a total of 456 directives. Of them, 132 were announcements and 166 were orders.

Another 158 orders have been issued by Gen Prayut under Section 44 of the previous interim constitution.

Section 44 existed has been carried over to the present constitution. It gives Gen Prayut absolute power to issue orders.

Of the total 456, 74 have already been revoked while 133 no longer have any legislative effect after fulfilling their purposes. Another 38 will cease to be effective automatically.

Directives expected to be made into law include orders invoked to tackle illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and fix aviation safety problems.

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