Thaksin Should Stay Out Of Thai Politics: Panel Chief
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Posted 2012-09-17 12:09:44
Thaksin should stay out of Thai politics: panel chief
BANGKOK, Sept 17, 2012 (AFP) - The head of an independent Thai reconciliation panel called on former leader Thaksin Shinawatra to stay out of the country's turbulent politics ahead of a key report on deadly 2010 protests Monday.
Former attorney general Kanit Nanakorn said the kingdom's current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should be left to run the country without interference from her brother Thaksin, who was ousted in a military coup and lives abroad to avoid a jail term for corruption.
"I think that Thaksin should stop his role in politics," Kanit said in an interview aired on Thai television Monday, adding that Yingluck had "worked well" and he "should let her manage Thailand".
The comments come as Kanit's Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) prepare to release its final report on the country's worst political violence in decades two years ago.
More than 90 people died in clashes between the army and pro-Thaksin "Red Shirt" demonstrators during the huge Bangkok rallies against the former government, which was swept out of power by Yingluck's party in elections last year.
The violence was the most dramatic manifestation of deep political fissures that have racked Thailand for more than six years, with the ouster of Thaksin by royalist generals in 2006 and crippling mass protests by both the Reds and their establishment-backed rivals, the Yellow Shirts.
Kanit's appointment by the last government, which presided over the Red Shirt crackdown, was originally criticised as a potential "whitewash" by Yingluck's Puea Thai Party.
But the nine-member commission, led by respected legal academic Kanit, has appeared to be prepared to criticise both sides.
Earlier this year it called for reform of the country's extremely sensitive royal insult laws, which rights groups said were used as a political tool by the former government against its critics.
New York-based Human Rights Watch has accused the army of using "excessive and unnecessary lethal force" in the 2010 crackdown. There have been no prosecutions over the killings.
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Posted 2012-09-17 12:24:53
Just off the boat?
Posted 2012-09-17 12:31:38
He personally has said many many times that he is through with politics and will never come back to it.
He started saying that back ion 2006 before the coup and says it 5 or more times a year.
Just Google Thaksin says he will quit politics. There are about 865,000 results.
Posted 2012-09-17 12:38:43
This is a simple thing to say,
but while he lives, his ego won't let him back down, till he regains the power he had pre-coup.
Posted 2012-09-17 12:39:09
In case you hadn't heard, he's the De facto PM
Posted 2012-09-17 12:40:05
Does a fish swin in water, do birds have wings, is the Pope a Catholic?
Posted 2012-09-17 12:53:06
If he stays out of politics what will PM Yingluck do with all her time, there are only so many shopping days in a year
Posted 2012-09-17 12:58:15
When will these nobodies realise that it doesn't matter what they say or think about Thaksin, he is not going to listen to them. Thaksin is biding his time now and is happy to do so. He is waiting for THE moment when he will come back here and claim his position of power and at that point he will never let it go again. Plans for a family relocation would not be a wasted exercise
Posted 2012-09-17 12:58:35
I dispute his claim that Yingluck is doing alright on her own for 2 reasons:
1). She isn't doing alright.
2). Thaksin is actually the one (not doing alright) and not this parachuted in non-politician!!!!
Posted 2012-09-17 13:07:02
With his sister the head P.M. is Brother n Law one of the head SMUCKS, it is impossible for Khun Thaksin to stay out of Thai Policts.
The only way is to issue and Arrest Warrant Unilateraly to every country Thailand has extradiction.
However, the chances of that happening is as remote as seeing Haley's Comet 2 times in 76 years.
Posted 2012-09-17 13:43:21
speaking of pre-coup....
Feb. 10, 2006
Thai PM vows to fight to death
"I will quit only when the country has no more problems," Thaksin told supporters.
roughly a year later....
Jan. 15, 2007
Enough is enough : Thaksin
"After six years in politics, it is time for me to be normal citizens, outside political arena. Enough is enough," Thaksin said.
Edited by Buchholz, 2012-09-17 13:47:59.
Posted 2012-09-17 13:49:19
If Mr T took his finger out of the good ship Pheu Thai it would sink in twenty minutes.
Edited by bigbamboo, 2012-09-17 13:49:55.
Posted 2012-09-17 14:15:47
He should also return to Thailand and serve is jail sentence ....
but that won't happen either
Posted 2012-09-17 14:19:56
I don't know. His American tour was supposed to show 2 things:
1. He can travel freely: which is correct, except to his beloved home country.
2. He is very popular with Thais, even those living abroad: which is not really true. In fact, he had to cancel his "Great American Tour" because of safety issues.
Don't forget that 60% of Thais probably love him and 40% probably hate him. Not much in between.
I just can't see him walking around in Thailand after what I have seen happening in the US when he showed up.
Many people are very very angry with Thaksin. For them he simply robbed the country empty and when the court convicted him he went on a destruction spree (MANAGED FROM A SAFE HAVEN). Many Thais, especially in Bangkok have suffered greatly because of his selfish actions..
Posted 2012-09-17 14:30:32
Seriously, would you consider leaving Thailand and relocating your family should he return ???
What about others on here ?
Posted 2012-09-17 14:46:55
By 'THE moment' do you mean ...
And yes, please, all you farang here who feel that any return of The Guy Constantly Referred To In The Media, (including this forum) would be a threat to your insignificant presence in this country, do relocate yourselves now. As if it matters who is/is not 'In Power'.
Odious he is, PaPa Doc he is not. Miaow ...
Edited by silsburyhill, 2012-09-17 14:49:51.
Posted 2012-09-17 14:47:34
I have heard of certain people making plans to leave under certain circumstances.... but best not dwell on that.
Posted 2012-09-17 14:52:37
Posted 2012-09-17 15:29:49
I agree, she is not at her best for now.
But this all comes down to that she is under pressure from her brother and the red shirt tugs.
If Thaksin was somehow no longer in the equation, and the red shirt tugs leader was reduced of their power and influence over Yingluck, I think she could do a good job.
But if this scenario was to happen, Abbisith and his fellow politicians would also been able to do a much better job.
The biggest problem for both of the last to governments are the red shirt extremist and Thaksin paying and motivating them. Their way of doing things pave the road for more corruption, first on the top, and then every lower officer under them.
This again makes the whole system rotten and makes it very difficult for every government to do a proper job!
Take Thaksin out of the equation, reduce the red shirts to a workers union, with no direct link to the government and this country will have a much brighter future.
Yes I know I am dreaming
Posted 2012-09-17 15:47:56
Spoken like a Swahili Spear bearer. Taksin was forcibly removed from office. Taksin, Thailand's legal Prime Minister was elected by a landslide victory in recognition of his substantial achievements in his service to the Thai people.
If you can visualize any grounds on which Taksin could be successfuliy impeached (now on the statute book in Thailand)
I would like very much to hear them.
Posted 2012-09-17 15:51:49
Thaksin is facing several charges regarding corruption, The cases cannot proceed under Thai law until the defendant returns.Spoken like a Swahili Spear bearer. Taksin was forcibly removed from office. Taksin, Thailand's legal Prime Minister was elected by a landslide victory in recognition of his substantial achievements in his service to the Thai people.
I suggest you google to see the cases pending.
Posted 2012-09-17 16:08:37
He doesn't take a lot of dragging,that's for sure.
Posted 2012-09-17 17:07:47
At the time he was given the bum's rush, Taksin held no office. He was simply keeping the chair warm up until a new election brought about a new PM. Taksin had created an impasse whereby the election could have only have resulted in such new PM being himself, thus the opposition refused to play ball. The people of Thailand, that is to say the indigenous population entitled to vote and not the likes of you, were heartily sick of him and his maniacal ego and were happy the army, as usual, stepped in. (As an aside, this was, in my view, a huge mistake, they should simply have let him implode).Spoken like a Swahili Spear bearer. Taksin was forcibly removed from office. Taksin, Thailand's legal Prime Minister was elected by a landslide victory in recognition of his substantial achievements in his service to the Thai people.
If you doubt this, ask yourself one question: Why were all his devoted supporters not taking to the streets at the time of his ouster?
Edited by silsburyhill, 2012-09-17 17:10:11.
Posted 2012-09-17 17:11:00
Thaksin is facing several charges regarding corruption, The cases cannot proceed under Thai law until the defendant returns.
Coup = good.
Thaksin = bad.
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