Monday, April 23, 2012

Thaksin's home route goes through Prem's Sisao residence?

Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, the privy council president, has let his Sisao Residence's doors open for Premier Yingluck to lead her Cabinet for a Songkran blessing ceremony on April 26.

Whether it's supposed to be a political gesture of national reconciliation between Gen Prem and the premier's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, is a moot point. Inevitably, political observers see it as a step backwards on both sides.

Thaksin had accused Prem of being the man behind the 2006 coup that ousted him. Red-shirt leaders have held demonstrations in front of Sisao Residence to accuse him of being the leader of the country's "elite" taking advantage of the "downtrodden."

Gen Prem has made no official comment on all these charges, except to make public proclamations to the effect that bad people should be punished and corruption must be eliminated.

Premier Yingluck has tried to show her positive side with the privy council president. Thaksin's lastest statement on the issue when he was in Laos was that Prem "is not a party to the conflict.
Political analysts are now saying that Thaksin may have finally realized that his route home can't be a straight one. He would somehow have to find a detour through Sisao.

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