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Pongsak denies PM's PNG visit linked to Thaksin

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PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA : Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal denies Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's visit to Papua New Guinea is to follow up business plans her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, discussed there in 2006. 

Mr Pongsak's denial came after Sirichoke Sopha, an opposition MP from the Democrat Party, said last Thursday in his Facebook account that Thaksin was interested in oil and gas businesses in Papua New Guinea and was behind Ms Yingluck's trip.

Mr Pongsak admitted Thaksin had visited Papua New Guinea just after the 2006 coup d'etat that had overthrown his government.

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