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Chalerm's bill puts PM in difficult position

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Of all his supporters and admirers, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra can count on at least one man as "a friend in need" _ that is Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung. 

The maverick Pheu Thai MP, who has never shied away from his public pledge to bring Thaksin home from self-imposed exile, tentatively plans to submit to the Lower House on Thursday his own version of a reconciliation bill which seeks to absolve all political offenders - red or yellow - who were involved in protests since 2006 of all criminal charges, legal proceedings and convictions.

All government officials, from former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to military commanders, held accountable by the red shirts for the deaths of 92 people in the May 19 crackdown in 2010 will also be absolved of all wrongdoing.

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