No words from PM on Thai politics

No words from PM on Thai politics - TNA, July 7, 2005
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has refused to give any interviews on political issues, saying he wants to wait until the Mercury returns to its normal orbit...
Mr. Thaksin has avoided political interviews since he returned from the 2nd Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Summit in southern China Tuesday night, saying he is waiting for the Mercury to return to its normal orbit...


[2015 note: Like many Thai newspaper articles from the early days of the Thai internet, this article is no longer online. Below is the complete text of the original article.]

[We think the TNA version is a literal translation from Thai. Is Thaksin really saying it is too hot? Or is it really an astrological reference?]

No words from PM on Thai politics

BANGKOK, July 7 (TNA) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has refused to give any interviews on political issues, saying he wants to wait until the Mercury returns to its normal orbit.

Rounded by journalists at the Government House here as usual this morning, the prime minister merely said that the weather was fine, and that he did not sleep well last night.

He refused to give any comments on political issues asked by the journalists, including yesterday's resignation of Deputy Commerce Minister Suriya Lapwisuthisin and the results of his meeting with Minister Attached to the Prime Minister's Office Suranand Vejjajiva and Deputy Transport Minister Phumtham Vejjayachai last night.

The deputy commerce minister decided to tender his resignation after his siblings, who are executives of a Thai wellknown cooking gas business, Picnic Corporation, were alleged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week of business misconduct.

The Thaksin cabinet has also been tainted by an alleged corruption scandal concerning the Ministry of Transport's procurement of CTX 9000 bomb scanners for Bangkok's new international airport, or the Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Mr. Thaksin has avoided political interviews since he returned from the 2nd Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Summit in southern China Tuesday night, saying he is waiting for the Mecury to return to its normal orbit.

It is widely expected that the prime minister will announce a minor cabinet reshuffle soon. (TNA)--E002
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