Yingluck rules out Thaksin returning to Thailand soon

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Monday denied that the new charter would be drafted in a way that would allow her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, to return to Thailand soon.

"No, he won't get to come back," Yingluck replied when reporters asked her if conflict would flare up again if Thaksin returned to the country.

Yingluck insisted that the on-going charter amendment was not aimed at helping anyone in particular.

She said the amendments sought to set up a new constitution drafting assembly and critics were worrying too much.

The prime minister was commenting on the announcement by the yellow-shirt movement or the People's Alliance for Democracy that it would campaign against charter amendments.

She said the on-going debate on the amendment of Article 291 by a special parliamentary committee is focusing on how to have the new CDA best represent the people.

Yingluck added that Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung was airing his personal opinion when he said Thaksin would be allowed to return home.

Yingluck said her government would take the national interests into account.

She said she would like the opponents of charter amendments to wait to see how the process of Parliament unfolds first.

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