Thaksin question angers Prayut

Thaksin question angers Prayut

Thaksin: Return home delayed
Thaksin: Return home delayed

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday reacted angrily to a question about former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thaksin said he believed Gen Prayut would avoid dissolving the House at present as his United Thai Nation (UTN) Party still isn't ready for the general election.

Apparently annoyed already by some previous questions about when he plans to dissolve the House, Prayut suddenly walked away when asked about Thaksin's comment.

"Don't talk about that man. I don't like it," said Prayut as he left the podium and strode towards a waiting car.

On Tuesday night, Thaksin made his remark about the UTN during a ClubHouse session in which he allowed his fans to ask whatever they wanted to know.

When asked when he would return home, Thaksin firmly said he would come back soon.

Referring to the conditions in which he might make his return, he said he would do so without having to wait for any parties to push to pass a new amnesty law for him.

Nor would he have to wait for the Palang Pracharath Party and Pheu Thai Party to form a political alliance to help him return home.

Thaksin fled the country in 2008 shortly before being sentenced to two years in prison for abusing his power as prime minister by assisting his then-wife, Khunying Potjaman, in the purchase of a prime plot of land at a heavy discount.

"Ung Ing will be the one to announce when I will return to Thailand. No new [amnesty] law for me. No siding with Palang Pracharath either," said Thaksin.

Ung Ing is the nickname of his youngest daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra, who is a Pheu Thai chief adviser.

"I will have to come home. I can no longer put up with the unfair treatment I have been dealing with [over the past years living in exile]," he said. He was presumably referring to criticism of him by politicians in Thailand.

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  • abuse: to use or treat someone or something wrongly or badly, especially in a way that is to your own advantage - ใช้ในทางที่ผิด
  • adviser (noun): a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject - ที่ปรึกษา
  • alliance: a coalition; an arrangement to work together - พันธมิตร
  • amnesty: a situation in which a government agrees not to punish people who have committed a crime - การนิรโทษกรรม
  • annoyed: feeling slightly angry or impatient - รู้สึกรำคาญใจ
  • criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
  • dissolve the House: to end a parliament, normally to call a new election - ยุบสภา
  • exile (noun): a person who chooses, or is forced to live away from his or her own country - ผู้ถูกเนรเทศ
  • flee (past form: fled) (verb): to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger or consequences - หนี
  • general election (noun): an election in which all or most members of a given political body are chosen. The term is usually used to refer to elections held for a nation's primary legislative body, as distinguished from by-elections and local elections (Source: Wikipedia) - การเลือกตั้งทั่วไป
  • podium: a small raised area where someone stands to give a speech, conduct an orchestra, give out awards, etc. - แท่น, พลับพลา
  • prime: of the best quality - ที่ดีที่สุด
  • remark: something said - คำพูด
  • stride (verb): to walk with long steps in a particular direction - เดินก้าวยาวๆ
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