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Thaksin stares down mutiny over amnesty

Red-shirt MPs refuse to vote for blanket reprieve

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Ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra has brushed aside a threat by Pheu Thai red-shirt MPs to vote down the contentious amnesty bill, a party source said on Thursday. 

The source said Thaksin telephoned on Wednesday to discuss the blanket amnesty push with red-shirt leaders in Pheu Thai.

Thaksin is widely viewed as the de facto leader of the ruling party and has remained in self-imposed exile since being sentenced in 2008 by the Supreme Court to two years in jail for abuse of authority in the Ratchadaphisek land sale case.

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