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17 October 2010 :: 14:10:21 pm 44201

Thaksin Offers to Advise Pheu Thai Party on Election Campaign

In a video-link address to a Pheu Thai Party meeting this week, fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra offered to spearhead the party’s election strategies aimed at a forming one-party government, while urging that MP’s maintain a close affiliation with their Red Shirt supporter base.
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Thailand, the 16th of October 2010: Mentioned on the Thaksin family’s satellite-based television program, Voice TV, was a plan for the fugitive former Thai Prime Minister to return to his homeland should the Pheu Thai Party be successful in forming a one-party government at the next election.

Thaksin, whose government was overthrown in the 2006 military coup, is on the run from a prison sentence for conflict of interest. He said the Supreme Court ruling against him was “politically motivated” and backed a signature campaign by his supporters seeking a royal pardon.

In a video-link address to a meeting of Pheu Thai MPs on Wednesday, the former leader offered to spearhead the party’s election strategies from overseas and introduce fresh populist campaigns to win decisive votes in an increasingly political torn nation.

An anonymous source also spoke of Thaksin’s address, asking Pheu Thai MPs to maintain the party’s “close and constant relations” with the Red Shirts, who are considered the party’s major supporters. A suggestion that the party field several Red Shirt activists as their candidates in constituencies where the party cannot find one of its own was also insinuated by the unnamed source.

Garnering inspiration from the recent successful San Jose mine rescue operation, which saved the lives of 33 Chilean miners, Thaksin urged Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to look after the people instead of playing “political games” in a recent Twitter post.

In his tweets, posted on the Thaksinlive website, the ex-prime minister drew on the effort of the Chilean government, saying it was a lesson Abhisit should emulate. “I congratulate the Chilean government for its successful rescue of mine workers; its care for people’s lives reflects the true spirit of democracy and has won respect from around the world,” he said.

He said what happened in Chile – which he saw as a truly democratic country – was in sharp contrast to Thailand, which was mired in dictatorial rule and plagued by an uncaring attitude towards the plight of the people. “The Chilean leader acted and saved his people’s lives without any political intent,” he said.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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