Banharn-Thaksin meeting downplayed

Banharn-Thaksin meeting downplayed – Bangkok Post, July 10, 2011
[This sort of incredible statement is one of the funniest features of Thai politics.]
…Ms Yingluck denied the report. She said Mr Banharn went to see Thaksin out of a personal acquaintance and their meeting had nothing to do with the formation of the cabinet…

[2015 note: Like many Thai newspaper articles from just a few years ago, this article is no longer online. Below is the complete text of the original article.]

Pheu Thai’s candidate for prime ministership Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday downplayed a reported meeting between Banharn Silpa-archa, the Chartthaipattana advisory chairman, and her brother and former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, saying the meeting was personal and had nothing to do with a cabinet formation.

Mr Banharn reportedly went to meet Thaksin in Brunei to discuss about cabinet portfolios for Chartthaipattana.

Ms Yingluck denied the report. She said Mr Banharn went to see Thaksin out of a personal acquaintance and their meeting had nothing to do with the formation of the cabinet.

She said it was she who would preside over a meeting to consider cabinet portfolios for the six parties in the coalition after the Election Commission has endorsed elected candidates.

The formation of the cabinet would be completed in one to two weeks after that.

It was not known if outsiders would be brought into the cabinet, but capable persons would not be obstructed from joining it, Ms Yingluck said.

Ms Yingluck said after being officially appointed prime minister she would seek to visit all senior people, particularly Privy Council chairman and statesman Prem Tinsulanonda.

On Thaksin’s remark that national reconciliation would be achieved in two years, she said this would depend on the work of the Truth for Reconciliation Commission chaired by Kanit na Nakorn.

The government would provide full support for commission to swiftly and smoothly fulfil its work, she said.

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