Thai PM walks out over journo’s question on ex-leader Thaksin

Thai PM walks out over journo’s question on ex-leader Thaksin

7 days ago

BANGKOK: The mere mention of Thailand’s ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra prompted Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to walk out of a news conference this week, irked by talk of the exiled political heavyweight’s long-touted return.

As a general in a royalist military that ousted the governments of both Thaksin in 2006 and his sister Yingluck in 2014, Prayuth’s enmity with the billionaire Shinawatra family goes back more than a decade.

In an election due by May, Prayuth, 68, could face off against Thaksin’s youngest daughter, Paetongtarn, who has garnered twice as much support, topping recent opinion polls on who should be Thailand’s next premier.

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