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Thailand: Thaksin Vows Return

Updated On: Feb 05, 2009

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra  vowed on Monday 2 February to return to Thailand and fight his way back to the post of prime minister.

He made the announcement through a 20-minute phone-in to a seminar organized by the opposition Pheu Thai Party in Nakhon Ratchasima. The former premier is in exile and wanted by the Court. He said he would fight against his opponents for justice.

The opposition Puea Thai party has embarked on a new strategy to strengthen internal solidarity, appointing members of the Shinawatra family to lead members in each of the three regions where the party has influence.

A Puea Thai executive said yesterday the new strategy calls for Yaowapa Wongsawat, sister of deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and wife of former premier Somchai Wongsawat, to lead Puea Thai members in the North. In the Northeast, the leader would be Payap Shinawatra, Thaksin's younger brother.In the central region and Bangkok, Yingluck Shinawatra, the younger sister of Thaksin, was entrusted with the leadership.

The executive said the party wanted a Shinawatra family member to lead each of the three regions as a symbol of the party's close connections with Thaksin. The presence of the Shinawatra siblings is intended to show that the party has a clear goal to "bring Mr Thaksin back home”.However, the three will not replace the party's existing regional presidents.

Some analysts suggest that these steps in addition to the protests by pro-Thaksin “red shirts” in Bangkok show that the former premier is getting desperate.

Sources:

The Nation, 5 Feb 2009, I'll return to post of prime minister: Thaksin
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/30094802/I'll-return-to-post-of-prime-minister:-Thaksin

The Bangkok Post, Shinawatras take grip on Puea Thai, 4 Feb 2009 , http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/10984/shinawatras-take-grip-on-...







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