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BANGKOK, March 12 (Xinhua) — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday dispelled the rumor that her fugitive elder brother and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is about to return to Thailand shortly.
“He is not coming back,” English website Bangkok Post quoted her as saying.
She had been asked if she was concerned a new round of conflict would erupt if Thaksin returns to the country soon, because Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung had repeatedly claimed that he would bring the former prime minister back soon.
Yingluck said she had replied to this question many times, and the deputy PM was only giving his personal opinion.
Deputy PM Chalerm claimed last Thursday that he had been able to figure out how to get the fugitive ex-PM home but refused to give further details.
Thaksin had been a prime minister from 2001-06 before he was ousted by a bloodless coup detat in 2006 for allegedly massive corruption, power abuses and undermining the country’s democratic institutions. He was convicted for corruption in absentia in 2008 and has lived abroad to avoid a two-year prison sentence. He has since remained as a divisive figure in Thai politics.
BANGKOK, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has submitted a new cabinet line-up to His Majesty the King for royal endorsement, government spokesperson Thitima Chaisaeng said Tuesday.
The reshuffle, which took place nearly six months after Yingluck came to power, involved 16 portfolios, a source in the ruling Pheu Thai party was quoted as saying by local media.
Some ministers would be replaced while others would be moved to new portfolios.
Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Kittirat Na-Ranong admitted that about 90 percent of the recent reports about new cabinet line-up were correct.
Among those changes reported by press, Kittirat would replace Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala as finance minister while retaining the post of deputy prime minister. ACM Sukampol Suwannathat, the present transport minister, would become defence minister, replacing Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapha.
BANGKOK, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) — Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday will leave Bangkok for Phnom Penh on an official one day visit after assuming office last month, Mass Communication of Thailand (MCOT) reported.
Yingluck and her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen will hold talks before proceeding to Khemarin Palace for an audience with King Norodom Sihamoni.
Hun Sen will host a dinner to honor Yingluck at Government House before she returns to Thailand at 9.20 p.m. local time.
Thai Government spokeswoman Thitima Chaisaeng earlier said that the prime minister’s visit to Cambodia was an important milestone as it was considered the beginning of a new chapter for Thai- Cambodian relations.
It also showed that the ties between the two neighboring countries, which soured over border conflict, were heading into bright prospect, she said.
The two leaders are expected to discuss the relations and cooperation between Thailand and Cambodia, measures to promote trade and investment, the opening of permanent border checkpoints, tourism promotion, technical assistance and scholarships for Cambodian students, Thitima said.
Yingluck also seeks release of two Thai nationalist activists jailed in a Cambodian prison on espionage charges.
Yingluck paid a visit to Brunei last week and visited Indonesia on Monday and was scheduled to visit Laos on Friday.
The government should not seek a royal pardon for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra because he is a fugitive, former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Sunday.
Mr Abhisit was commenting on a report that the Corrections Department has finished verifying a red-shirt petition seeking a royal pardon for Thaksin and the matter is now for Justice Minister Pracha Promnok to decide.
Corrections Department chief Chartchai Sutthiklom on Saturday said he forwarded the petition along with recommendations to Kanyanuch Sorthip, the deputy permanent secretary for justice, for submission to Pol Gen Pracha for consideration.
The department spent about two years checking the eligibility of more than 3.5 million people who signed the petition. Of those who signed the petition, 2 million names were verified.
Mr Abhisit said the step to be taken from now is for the Justice Ministry to ask the petitioners to confirm the petition, as normally done with other cases.
In the past, a petition was not forwarded to the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary if the person for whom a royal pardon was sought had escaped.
Therefore, the government under Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should follow this line of practice otherwise it could be accused of taking double-standards, Mr Abhisit said.
Mr Abhisit said Ms Yingluck should base her decision on related criteria and regulations, not the fact that Thaksin is her elder brother.
Thaksin is a fugitive in the Ratchadapisek land case in which he was sentenced to two years imprisonment for abuse of power.
BANGKOK, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) — The new Pheu Thai government will deliver its policy statement to the parliament on Aug. 24, according to Cabinet Secretary-general, the Bangkok Post reported on Thursday.
“The policy statement will be made on Aug. 24, within 15 days of the royal command appointing Ms Yingluck as prime minister as required by the constitution,” said Ampon Kittiampon, secretary- general to the cabinet.
The cabinet meeting on Thursday, Ampon said, was discussing about the framework of the government’s policy statement to the parliament.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had assigned Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit and Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Kittirat Na-Ranong to head the policy drafting team, he said.
Ampon said the team was directed to coordinate with ministry heads and submit the draft statement to the cabinet meeting for approval next Tuesday, Aug. 16.
The Pheu Thai Party, founded by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, won a landslide victory in the general election on July 3. It later formed a strong coalition of about 60 percent of the House seats.
BANGKOK – Thailand’s Election Commission on Tuesday confirmed that the party allied to ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra won the country’s general election by a wide margin.
The final results match those released shortly after Sunday’s poll, which gave the opposition Pheu Thai party led by Mr Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra 265 of 500 parliamentary seats, well over the majority needed to form a government.
The ruling Democrat party of incumbent Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s won 159 seats, the Election Commission said.
The results are a major rebuke to the elite establishment and army that overthrew Mr Thaksin in a 2006 coup, an event that triggered years of political turmoil from which the country is still struggling to recover.
Mr Thaksin is barred from politics and lives in exile in Dubai to escape a two-year prison term on a graft conviction that he says is politically motivated.
Ms Yingluck moved swiftly Monday to shore up her party’s resounding victory, forming a ruling coalition with four smaller parties and vowing to pursue national reconciliation.