Thailand’s ousted PM to monitor elections

www.chinaview.cn  2007-12-16 18:45:08

    BANGKOK, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — Thailand’s former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is to monitor December’s general elections in Thailand, possibly from Hong Kong, his legal adviser Noppadol Pattama said Sunday.

    Noppadol was quoted by the Bangkok Post’s web news as saying that Thaksin could be arriving in Asia between Dec. 19-20 from Britain where he has been in self-imposed exile.

    His most likely destination would be Hong Kong where he is expected to use as a base to monitor the election in Thailand scheduled on Dec. 23.

    “The main reason behind Thaksin’s decision to visit Asia is to listen to the People Power Party (PPP) member Chalerm Yubamroong’s speech on Dec. 21,” Noppadol said. “It’s believed he will also inform the public when Thaksin is due to return to Thailand.”

    Thaksin, who was ousted during a military coup last year, is facing several criminal charges and the prosecutors are trying to find ways to have him and his wife returned from Britain for trial.

    The Thaksin-founded Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party, which rose to power in 2001, was dissolved after last year’s coup since it was found guilty of breaking election laws. After then, many TRT members attended the PPP, led by former Bangkok governor Samak Sundaravej.

    Samak has said he is a proxy of Thaksin’s TRT party and during the upcoming election his party is favored to win most seats in the North and Northeast, both strongholds of Thaksin.

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