Thailand’s “wildly divisive billionaire” former premier Thaksin stresses rule of law

Ex-Thai PM stresses rule of law – The Nation, May 19, 2015
…Telecoms tycoon-turned-premier Thaksin sits at the heart of a decade-long political rupture in Thailand and has lived in self-imposed exile since 2008 to avoid jail on a graft charge he says was politically motivated.
He was also toppled in a coup, in 2006, yet Shinawatra family members or affiliates have still won every Thai election since.
“The key to good governance and democracy is you have to strike a balance” between the judicial, legislative and executive branches, he said at the Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul…

Ousted Thai PM Thaksin says no plans to mobilize supporters – Reuters, May 19, 2015
…Thaksin, who was in the South Korean capital to speak at a conference, told Reuters there was no plan for his son, Oak, to take over leadership of the Puea Thai Party.
He called on the Thai people not to resort to violence.
“No, we want to see the government be a success, but it’s difficult, as you can imagine,” Thaksin said on the sidelines of the conference, when asked if there were any plans to mobilize his “Red Shirt” supporters…

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