Africa seems to be an ideal place in which to gain some inspiration - at least for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Before leaving Bangkok last week for her African visit, which took her to Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda, the prime minister declined to comment on Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema's contentious amnesty bill and planned protests against the bill, plus related reconciliation bills by anti-Thaksin groups, saying it was a parliamentary affair. Remaining aloof from political controversies and contentious issues, she gave her standard answer. "I don't know" has been her trademark reply for the past two years.
But upon arriving home from Africa last Friday, Ms Yingluck appeared to be a changed person, like a born-again Christian. To the surprise of her critics and seasoned political observers, she went on television on Friday night, not to tell the public of her African visit and how successful it was, but to extend an olive branch to all opposition groups to come together for talks in order to end the protracted political conflict.
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