Premier Yingluck Shinawatra posted this picture on her Facebook yesterday, saying she
had just been able to squeeze some time into signing papers at her desk. The picture
shows her with 6 mobile phones -- and Thai Post was quick to point out that the Facebook
post was obviously aimed at confirming her statement one day earlier that she was really
the prime minister of this country -- and that her brother, Thaksin, was not running her
The premier was obviously upset over the New York Times' article about Thaksin running
the governemnt through Skype and that Yingluck was only cutting ribbons and attending
"I am in charge. I am the prime minister," she declared.
Some of her critics suggested that the premier could prove beyond all doubts that she
was really in charge by ordering police to arrest Thaksin, who is legally still a fugitive
on the run.
This was an apparent reference to the surprise arrest of Somchai Kunpluem, better known
as "Kamnan Poh" in Bangkok after he had fled a court verdict of a jail term for nearly
Premier Yingluck has yet to respond to that challenge.