Thaksin: Fair Thailand laws needed to avert conflict

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  • Sunday, 28 Jul 2019

Bangkok: Thailand needs fair laws that are respected by officials or else risk more conflict, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said in a thinly-veiled criticism of the country’s current administration.“We shouldn’t allow people who ignore the law to interpret it,” he said in a video call on Friday with supporters for his 70th birthday.

Thaksin hasn’t set foot in Thailand since he was convicted for corruption in a case brought after the 2006 coup that ousted him. Some reports said he was speaking from Dubai.

Another coup in 2014 deposed a government led by Thaksin’s sister, Yingluck Shinawatra.

Prayut Chan-o-cha, who led that military intervention, was picked by lawmakers to return as premier after a disputed general election in March.

Pheu Thai, a party linked to the Shinawatras, is critical of what it sees as an unfair election leading to the continuation of military rule. — Bloomberg


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