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01 September 2010 :: 16:09:25 pm 37271

Thaksin Health Issues Dismissed by Family & Close Aide

Following prevalent rumours that former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is dead or in ill health, his brother-in-law addressed the issue on Tuesday explaining that the rumours were false and that “he misses his home (Thailand) and his kids.”
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Thailand, the 31st of August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Somchai Wongsawat, Thaksin’s brother-in-law and a former Thai prime Minister, stated that the rumours regarding Thaksin death or sickness are false and that he is merely distancing himself from Thailand due to his persistent linking with Thai political issues.

Somchai explained that he had talked to Thaksin, who was in fine health, via telephone on Sunday. “Thaksin has no signs of illness. His voice is still clear and he is healthy. If he were sick, the Shinawatra family would have no reason to conceal it. If Thaksin has some sickness, it must be [emotional], as he misses his home and his kids. Although Khunying Pojaman Na Pombejra is his ex-wife, he still misses her,” Somchai said.

Somchai revealed that Thaksin was well aware of the rumours regarding his health and condition, stating that he believed the rumours to be born out of ‘hope’ from certain sections of Thai politics.

“I’ve never heard Thaksin say he would come back to power. He has concern for the people and sometimes wants to communicate with them. I understand that no matter whether a celebrity speaks or keeps silent, it’s still news,” Somchai said.

Somchai spoke yesterday as Justice Ministry officials, police officers and Peau Thai Party members greeted him at his home to celebrate his 63rd birthday. Addressing claims that the Shinawatra family had a controlling influence on the Peau Thai Party Somchai said “the party belongs to everyone, not just the Shinawatra’s. Only a few family members remain in the party.”

“Peau Thai leader Yongyuth Wichaidit has worked for the party since it was the People Power Party,” Somchai said. “He could be considered a real leader who administered the party well all along. The only problem was that Yongyuth was not an MP.”

Asked whether Peau Thai’s candidate for prime minister should be the party leader or an MP, Somchai said “it should be whoever most carried the faith of the people. He also said it was important for a political party to try to win people’s trust and bring them hope.”

Meanwhile, a close aid of the former premier, Noppadon Pattama, reiterated to a press conference that Thaksin was still alive, showing two photographs of the man meeting Nelson Mandela and his second wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The photographs were dated the 27th of August 2010.

Allegedly, Thaksin had met with Mandela over peace discussion and as part of his ongoing travels to visit many national leaders in order to seek business opportunities.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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