The government has lifted the overnight curfew in Bangkok and 23 nearby provinces as the country’s law-and-order situation improves. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said there was no need to extend the curfew because the situation in the country was already under control. Emergency laws that the government imposed in April will still remain in place, Reuters says. The curfew was imposed on May 19 after a series of Bangkok demonstrations and riots, which left at least 85 people dead and some 2,000 injured. Among the protesters’ demands was the holding of new elections this year.

The Thai prime minister said that it will be difficult to hold elections this year.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.