Thaksin tells family, keep low profile

Thaksin tells family, keep low profile

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has advised all members of the Shinawatra family to keep a "low profile" in politics.

Gen Chaisit Shinawatra said on Wednesday that his cousin made the suggestion in a phone call a few days ago.

 

His advice was reflected in the Pheu Thai Party’s decision to field only his sister Yingluck and brother-in-law Somchai Wongsawat on its party-list for the Feb 2 election.

 

Gen Chaisit warned protesters not to push Shinawatra family members into a corner by pressuring them to leave the country.

 

He hoped that army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha would use his connections with protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban to break the political deadlock.

 

The former army chief and supreme commander, who turned 69 on Wednesday, termed the protests a ''quiet coup'', pointing out that police and soldiers had made no effort to end the month-long rally.

 

Thaksin has been keeping a low profile since the demonstrations began in late October.

 


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