Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thai Politics: Thaksin orders MPs to distance from red shirts

By The Nation

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has ordered Pheu Thai MPs not to take part in rallies organised by the red shirts in the wake of the resignation of Pheu Thai chairman Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, legal adviser Noppadon Patama said.

"Thaksin has been informed about and respected Chavalit's decision to quit Pheu Thai," Noppadon said.

He said he could not speculate whether Thaksin would try to convince Chavalit to return to the party's fold.

He insisted, however, that Chavalit remained on good terms with the party. He also said Pracharaj Party leader Snoh Thienthong would still team up with Pheu Thai despite Chavalit's departure.

Meanwhile Pheu Thai leader Yongyuth Wichaidit has vetoed Chavalit's resignation, triggering an unanswered question whether Chavalit's party membership ended.

Source: The Nation

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