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UPDATED: 20:18, April 17, 2006
Anti-Thaksin groups plan more protests
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Opposition groups said Monday they will revive street protests against Thailand's outgoing prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, accusing him of controlling the government from behind the scenes despite having handed power to a deputy.

Months of street protests forced Thaksin Shinawatra to step aside and appoint an acting prime minister.

However, the People's Alliance for Democracy, which led the anti-government street protests, set new schedule for more protests in the coming weeks after a pause around recent elections and the Songkran festival holidays.

Alliance spokesman, Parnthep Pourpongpan, said the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) planned a rally for Monday in Sa Kaeo and more in the South over the next two weeks until May 2, when a major rally will be held in Bangkok.

Thaksin now has started his round-the-world travel from London. The Thai Rak Thai Party leader, 56, has announced that he would step aside as premier despite his party's victory in the April 2 election. His abruptly announcement came just hours after he was granted an audience with the King.

Thaksin, who remains party leader and a member of parliament, declined to comment on demands by his opponents that he leave politics altogether, or on who may succeed him as prime minister.

"I don't know anything about politics," he quipped earlier last week.

Thaksin said yes when was asked whether he would go to see World Cup in Germany in June. "I will travel all over the world, now I am jobless," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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