The Thai government has lifted the state of emergency, in force since April, in three more provinces, after liftting it in five provinces on 6 July. However, Bangkok is one of 16 provinces where the emergency is still imposed. This means that political gatherings of more than five people are prohibited, making campaigning for a parliamentary by-election in Bangkok on Sunday effectively illegal. Read more: Reuters
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