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27 July 2009 :: 00:07:44 am 35748

Ex-Pm Thaksin Birthday Phone-In Expected at Evening Festivities

BANGKOK, July 26 Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is expected to make a key phone-in address to his supporters at a Bangkok restaurant Sunday evening as thousands of supporters celebrate his 60th birthday.
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His phone-in address is expected to his supporters at the Royal Dragon restaurant in Bangkok at 9pm and a video link will also connect the event there with evening birthday celebrations in his honour at Wat Uthaitharam in Bangkok and in the northeastern province of Roi Et where local residents will also celebrate Mr. Thaksin’s birthday.

A number of Puea Thai party members of parliament and members of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) joined the event at the restaurant.

Thousands of admirers of the ex-premier gathered at temples across the country to perform merit making ceremonies in their celebration of Thaksin’s 60th birthday Sunday morning and to ward off his bad luck.

Mr. Thaksin’s younger sister Yaowapa Wongsawat and her husband Somchai Wongsawat, former prime minister, led opposition politicians and members of the UDD in performing Buddhist religious rites at Kaewfah temple in suburban Nonthaburi.

Mr. Thaksin later telephoned the temple to address and thank his supporters, who saw his tape singing a song I Will Come Back  that was written for him. The ousted premier said he hopes to be able to return home in the future.

At Uthaitharam temple in Bangkok, taxi drivers gathered to hold a birthday event for Mr. Thaskin despite an afternoon rain. The group’s leaders took turn to address the birthday’s wishes for Mr. Thaksin and to attack the government’s performance on the stage.

In Chiang Mai, his hometown, a birthday party will be held at the Varorot Grand Palace Hotel. Among all evening’s activities are collecting 2,492 cakes and making 2,492 birthday cards for Mr. Thaksin. The year 2,492 of the Buddhist Era (B.E.) is Mr. Thaksin’s birth year.

In the northeastern province of Udon Thani, people made birthday cards for him and the local group?s leaders planned to fly to Dubai to present them to Mr. Thaksin.

In the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Red Shirt groups gathered at Suan Khan temple. It?s the only province, which held the birthday celebration event for Mr. Thaksin in the south, stronghold of the Democrat party.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva denied posting a message for Mr. Thaksin?s page on the communications network Twitter, saying he would investigate it again who used his name to post the message.


Mr. Thaksin launched new accounts on the social networking websites Twitter and Facebook on his birthday to communicate to his supporters.

The world-traveling former premier was ousted in a 2006 coup after being accused of corruption and abuse of power. He remains popular especially among people in the rural areas. It is believed that the self-exiled former premier is now staying in Dubai. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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