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19 December 2008 :: 16:12:43 pm 39646

Abhisit Wants Thaksin to Face The Music

Thailand's new Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, on December 18, in a classic "new broom" move, is trying to persuade former PM, Thaksin Shinawatra, to return home to Thailand from "hiding" to face the charges levelled against him.
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Mr Abhisit is currently valiantly trying to put a new face on Thai politics by generally seeking peace between the contending factions, the Yellow and Red shirts, the previous and present anti-government groups. He is also sending out request messages via all available means to the populace in general to acquaint him with their complaints and problems, so that he is in a better and more informed position to be able to remedy them, if possible.

Foremost among Mr Abhisit’s priorities is an attempt to bring closure to the ongoing lack of resolution of the Thaksin problem.

Mr Abhisit told a Bangkok TV channel “I want to see him back. If he comes back and fights in court and shows that all Thai people are equal, there will be a closure, but first he has to show acceptance of the judicial process.”

Thaksin has a ‘Damoclean’, two-year prison sentence hanging over him. He was sentenced while still out of the country on October 21 for violating a conflict of interest law while prime minister. He also has other cases yet to be brought to trial, including accusations of graft.

Mr Abhisit, being an Oxford-educated economist, is well aware of the steadily mounting problems facing the Thai economy, not least as an after effect of the recent closure of Bangkok’s airports, the crushing consequences for one of Thailand’s main revenue-earners, tourism, and the continuing go-slow or cessation of work at various foreign-owned car plants in the country, amongst others.

Accordingly, it is essential that he first resolve the political threat posed by anti-government supporters who have threatened to continue their protests and bring further economic turmoil in their train. Thaksin, recently, asked his Red Shirt supporters for calm, himself, in a video broadcast to the assembled multitude at a Bangkok stadium. Persuading Thaksin to return and face the music and even his pending jail term, might do much to resolve some of the politico-economic problems, or at least enable Abhisit to concentrate on other problem areas.

 

 

  

 
Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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