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PM: Thaksin not coming back yet

BKPost, 11 March 2012

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Monday her elder brother, former prime minister Thaksin, is not about to return home soon.

Ms Yingluck had been asked if she was concerned a new round of conflict would erupt if Thaksin returns to Thailand soon, because her deputy Chalerm Yubamrung has repeatedly claimed he will bring the ousted prime minister home soon.

The premier said she had replied to this question many times, and that Mr Chalerm was only giving his personal opinion.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (L) and her elder brother Thaksin (File Photo)

She said the current constitutional amendment process was intended only to amend Section 291 to set up a constitution drafting assembly to rewrite the charter, not to bring anyone home.

On the yellow shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy’s (PAD) call for political reforms, Ms Yingluck reaffirmed the government is working toward reconciliation and is open to opinions from all sides.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm confirmed it is his intention to propose a reconciliation bill that will result in his bringing Thaksin home.

He said his move had nothing to do with Prime Minister Yingluck or the government.

The reconciliation bill, with only six articles, has been drafted. It will be proposed as a bill under Section 142 (2) of the constitution requiring the support of at least 20 MPs.

So far 21 MPs had promised to sign in support of the bill.

Mr Chalerm said this in responding to questions about Democrat Party and opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva’s call for Ms Yingluck to explain clearly to the public how the government will achieve reconciliation and bring the fugitive former premier home.

The deputy prime minister said he will not reveal the bill’s details at this stage because he wanted to first help people understand its real purpose.

Mr Chalerm said he expected to spend another four to five months explaining this before submitting the bill to the House of Representatives.

After the House goes into recess, he will travel to the provinces, beginning with the Northeast, to brief police throughout the country on policies regarding drugs, crime suppression and justice.

During the trip he will take time in the evening, after official working hours, to make speeches to the people in the front yard of the governors’ residences to explain the reconciliation bill.

He said it was intended to allow everybody to forget the past and start over, with a new chapter of politics which will benefit everyone.

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