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23 March 2009 :: 10:03:46 am 27950

EX-PM Thaksin Makes Satellite Visit to UDD Chiang Mai Rally

CHIANG MAI, March 23 - Thailand's ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra addressed his supporters via a satellite-linked video conference at a United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) gathering in the northern province of Chiang Mai on Sunday, attacking Abhisit Vejjajiva‘s government on economic policies.
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The red-shirted anti-government UDD supporters gathered at a so-called “Roving Truth Today” political talk show at a stadium in Chiang Mai, a stronghold and the hometown of ex-premier Thaksin, now a fugitive.

The former prime minister spoke from an undisclosed location, greeting his supporters in the northern Lanna Thai dialect and vigorously attacked the Democrat-led coalition government’s economic policies.

Mr. Thaksin said that Mr. Abhisit’s government did not respond correctly to resolve Thailand’s current economic problems, and that the government action is leading the public to greater suffering.

The ousted leader also told his Red Shirt supporters how he was deposed from the premiership and who had been involved.

Mr. Thaksin expressed sorrow regarding the death of his eldest sister, Ms. Yaowaluck, who died of heart failure late Saturday night, but said he could not return to Thailand to pay last respects to her and to participate her funeral.

Ms. Yaowaluck was admitted at Bangkok’s Phra Ram 9 Hospital in April last year, and was treated since then for chronic kidney disease and diabetes.

Removed from power in a bloodless military coup in September 2006, the ex-premier was found guilty by Thailand?s Supreme Court last year of violating the country’s conflict of interest laws in regard to a land purchase on Bangkok’s Ratchadapisek Road by his then wife.

Mr. Thaksin’s current address has not been disclosed. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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