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02 June 2011 :: 10:06:49 am 54366

Thaksin kin warns Thai army against coup

AFP BANGKOK, 2 June 2011 - The sister of fugitive ex- Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra urged the army on Wednesday to refrain from staging another coup as she gains momentum in her bid to become the country’s first female premier.
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Yingluck Shinawatra, a photogenic businesswoman and newcomer to Thailand’s fractured political scene, has breathed fresh life into the opposition’s struggle to sweep Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s Democrats from power.

Her appeal to respect the outcome of the July 3 election comes as surveys show her pulling ahead in the closely fought race for the first poll since Thailand’s deadliest political unrest in decades last year.

In an interview with AFP, she called on the army chief to keep his promise not to repeat the 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin and ushered in a period of political instability and bloody unrest.

“I don’t think that (a coup) will happen again.

I hope not but we have to make sure everybody respects the people’s decision,” said the 43-year-old mother of one, 18 years junior to her controversial brother.

“Thailand has been backward for four or five years and people have been suffering for a long time so they need the country to move forward.” Long-standing political tensions erupted in April and May last year when 90 people died and about 1,900 were wounded in a series of street clashes between opposition protesters and armed troops in the heart of Bangkok.

Army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s pledge to abide by the results of the vote has done little to douse speculation about possible military intervention in a nation that has seen 18 actual or attempted coups since 1932.

Parties linked to Thaksin have won the most seats in the past four elections, but the courts reversed the results of the last two and observers say history could repeat itself if Yingluck’s Pheu Thai party triumphs.

“It’s very unlikely that a Pheu Thai government will be allowed to take office,” said Thailand expert Michael Montesano at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

“A proxy for Thaksin who has a family resemblance and shares his name only makes that less likely.”

Report by : qatar-tribune


Thailand‘s prime minister has declared a state of emergency and witnesses report tanks in the streets of Bangkok.

Thai armed forces and national police chiefs have set up a commission to decide on political reforms after troops and tanks took over government headquarters, a statement on television said.

Thai coup leader promises to return power to the people

Thailand‘s Army Commander-in-Chief who led a bloodless coup d‘etat on Tuesday night and dismissed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra while the ex-premier was in New York said Wednesday the coup was necessary to reunite the kingdom and vowed to return power to the people soon.

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