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Don Muang airport to be temporary government office
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    Don Muang airport to be temporary government office

    Don Muang airport to be temporay government office
    By Piyanart Srivalo
    The Nation

    The government is planning to use Don Mueang Airport as a temporary workplace because it will take several months to repair Government House after the sit-in protest by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), a source said Wednesday.

    The PAD has shown no signs of leaving Government House after it invaded the property last month and camped there to rally against the government, causing damage to the building, the gardens and the grounds.

    Government House officials and ministers have had to temporarily move to the Public Relations Department on Soi Aree, Ban Manangkasila, Ban Phitsunalok and the Royal Thai Army Headquarters, causing a lack of coordination.

    Deputy Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, acting as caretaker prime minister, consulted with concerned parties and decided to use Don Mueang Airport as the office for the prime minister and his deputies as well as permanent officials.

    The airport's reception areas will also become reception areas for the government's guests.

    "We have decided to find a temporary workplace because even if the PAD calls off the protest we need several months to fix the area,'' Somchai said.

    The first agency to be moved to the airport is the Secretariat of the Cabinet. The Office of the Permanent Secretary to the PM's Office, the Office of the Cabinet Secretary-General and the National Security Council will follow.

    "If the PAD moves out of Government House, the government will build a car park on the area connected with Rajdamnoen Avenue as it has already allocated funds for the purpose,'' he said.

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    Well at least it will be a quick get-away if unwanted protesters course more havoc. A VIP Jet at the ready.

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    Don Mueang Airport to hold cabinet meetings


    (BangkokPost.com) - The cabinet meeting will be held at Don Mueang Airport on September 23, since the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) still occupies Government House for many weeks.

    On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat together with caretaker deputy transport minister Songsak Thongsri inspected the readiness of Don Mueang Airport, as the venue is set to become a temporary government house. Both officials examined different offices, rooms and the place for holding the weekly cabinet meetings.

    The Airports of Thailand (AoT) Public Company Limited is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the terminals and buildings of Don Mueang Airport, since Suvarnabhumi Airport has become Thailand’s international airport in 2006. The AoT has also prepared security personnel for the venue.

    The acting deputy minister of transport said the government has allocated a budget of eight million baht to refurbish the airport and buy new furniture. He expressed confidence that the airport will be ready for holding the cabinet meeting, and said the police and airport personnel will oversee security around the compound.

    Mr Songsak said Don Mueang Airport will be used as an acting government house until the PAD leaves the actual Government House. He said the place would also need considerable time for repair and renovation.

    The premier, meanwhile, said his office at the airport looks comfortable and well-built. He said caretaker deputy prime minister and finance minister Surapong Suebwonglee may chair the next cabinet meeting because he could work in the previous post, according to the law.

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