Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on a self-imposed exile abroad has appealed to all sides to end the political impasse plaguing the country, even as one person was killed in fresh anti-government protests.
Thaksin said the Thai New Year, celebrated on Monday, was a time when people forgive one another, clear their minds of bad thoughts and put an end to retribution.
Calling on all sides to end the political impasse in the country, Thaksin said the caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra-led government is ready for talks with every group as long as they adhere to democratic principles.
Bangkok has been witnessing anti-government protests backed by the opposition Democrat party and the demonstrators have been demanding the ouster of Thaksin’s sister Yingluck.
Premier Yingluck dissolved the Parliament and called for elections. However, that did not satisfy the protesters who want her to step down.
The constitutional courts have held the February 2 polls invalid.
Later this month Yingluck’s fate will be decided after the verdict of an anti-graft body which is looking into charges of dereliction of duty relating to the controversial rice subsidy scheme.
Thaksin, reportedly in Beijing, said the Shinawatra family had never been selfish as alleged by his political rivals and only adhered to democratic principles.PTI