Thaksin goes for broke by naming Prem as his biggest foe

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Thaksin Shinawatra just went on his video link from Africa (at 8.30 pm) to name Gen Prem Tinsulanonda as “the person with extra-constitutional power” who was behind his ouster in the Sept 19, 2006 coup.

Thaksin has chosen to go for broke in his confrontation with his foes by naming Gen Prem, the privy council president, and former Premier Gen Surayudh Chullanont, for “playing politics” which he claims is unbecoming of privy councillors who are supposed to remain above political involvement.

Thaksin, addressing the red-shirted crowd protesting in front of the Government House, went into detail on how the campaign to remove him from the premiership began.

With that, Thaksin must now be ready to face all sorts of consequences. He has burned all his bridges. Gen Prem and Gen Surayudh have denied by roles against Thaksin. Since Thaksin has decided to raise the ante in this huge gamble, he will have to go for a “do-or-die” approach.

Any hope of reconciliation has been dashed this evening.   

THAI TALK, By Yoon, March 27, 2009

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Thaksin called for Prem and Surayud to stop intervene in politics

Fugitive ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra called for Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanond and Privy Councillor Gen Surayud Chulanont to stop intervening in Thai politics, saying that is the only way to bring peace and stability to the country.

Thaksin said that their interventions in the politics have brought country into chaos.

He criticised them during his video broadcast from unknown location that both had intervened into the politics and did anything to bring him down.

Thaksin also revealed on Friday that “influential person” he mentioned as mastermind behind the coup and his ousting was Prem.

Thaksin was speaking to thousands of red shirt protesters who gathered in front of the Government House.

He repeated his accusations that Prem, former PM Gen Surayud Chulanont and Pramote Nakhonthap attended a secret meeting which discussed about the coup.

By The Nation

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