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Thaksin not coming back yet: Thai PM

(Xinhua)

11:05, March 13, 2012

BANGKOK, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday dispelled the rumor that her fugitive elder brother and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is about to return to Thailand shortly.

"He is not coming back," English website Bangkok Post quoted her as saying.

She had been asked if she was concerned a new round of conflict would erupt if Thaksin returns to the country soon, because Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung had repeatedly claimed that he would bring the former prime minister back soon.

Yingluck said she had replied to this question many times, and the deputy PM was only giving his personal opinion.

Deputy PM Chalerm claimed last Thursday that he had been able to figure out how to get the fugitive ex-PM home but refused to give further details.

Thaksin had been a prime minister from 2001-06 before he was ousted by a bloodless coup detat in 2006 for allegedly massive corruption, power abuses and undermining the country's democratic institutions. He was convicted for corruption in absentia in 2008 and has lived abroad to avoid a two-year prison sentence. He has since remained as a divisive figure in Thai politics.

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