Thaksin meets Iraqi PM amid row on status

Bangkok (The Nation/ANN) - Fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra has posted a note on his Facebook page describing his recent trip to Iraq, touting his success in promoting Thai-Iraqi relations and urging Thai ministers to quickly respond by strengthening business ties.

"On April 26 I visited Iraq and met with His Excellency Prime Minister [Nouri al-] Maliki. We talked about the cooperation between the two countries in energy and food. He really is a practitioner and quickly ordered [Iraqi officials] to invite the [Thai] energy minister, agriculture minister and commerce minister to visit with a request that they should bring businessmen. They want Thai labourers but I am not so eager for this as Thailand still needs a lot of labourers. But I'm keen to let [Iraq] buy rubber, rice and sugar from Thailand, and let [Thai oil and gas firm] PTT help [Iraq] expand petroleum production capacity. They want to visit Thailand after our [ministers] visit them and put some concrete cooperation in practice between the two countries," he posted.

Thaksin's promotion of his role in promoting Thailand abroad follows last week's filing by appointed Senator Paiboon Nititawan, former senator Chirmsak Pinthong and political scientist Komsan Pokong of a petition with the Constitutional Court accusing Thaksin of violating Article 68 of the Constitution. They allege he violated the charter by assuming power to run the country without legitimacy, and also accused 238 Pheu Thai Party MPs of violating Article 122 by carrying out their duties under Thaksin's control.

The group submitted recordings of Thaksin addressing the party by videoconference.

Pheu Thai Party deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard, however, yesterday rebutted the Paiboon group's accusation, saying not one of the group's members had attended a party meeting, so they could not be familiar with Pheu Thai's command structure.

"Don't forget that Thaksin is a former prime minister. He knows what is and is not appropriate. He has never dominated or ordered party members to do anything. And constitutional amendment is the business of members of Parliament," Anusorn said.

He said the Pheu Thai Party insisted that its members would not testify to the Constitutional Court, as it has no power to consider its move to amend the charter.

Pro-government red-shirt protesters continued to rally in front of the Constitutional Court office for a 13th day yesterday, albeit in smaller numbers, calling on the court's nine judges to resign.

Leader Sornrak Malaithong said the group would take a break from protesting tomorrow and Tuesday before holding a big rally on Wednesday - the deadline set by the group for the judges to resign. If the judges did not respond, the group would step up the protest and seize five strategic spots around the Government Complex, Sornrak said. It would also submit gathered signatures and file a petition seeking the judges' impeachment to House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont, the group leader said.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • ToyotaPH continues it’s strong sales in February
    ToyotaPH continues it’s strong sales in February

    Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) sustains its strong sales in its February performance. Toyota’s strong performance last month was due to the  high demand of the Vios, with sales of 2,012 units and of course the rest of Toyota’s line up such as the Fortuner, Innova, Wigo, Hilux, Avanza and Corolla Altis. Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, recorded 60 units last month. …

  • No apology, but Noy seeks understanding
    No apology, but Noy seeks understanding

    There was no apology, but President Aquino yesterday expressed regret, took “full responsibility” and appealed to the nation for “deepest understanding” for the Jan. 25 Mamasapano raid in which dozens died, including 44 police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos. “To every Filipino who has felt failure or has been hurt because of the events related to this operation, it is with abiding humility that I ask for your deepest understanding,” Aquino said in a speech before the 246 new graduates of …

  • MVP on endorsement: Thanks, I’m no politician
    MVP on endorsement: Thanks, I’m no politician

    Businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan is grateful for Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s praise and presidential endorsement, but says he is not a politician. In an interview on the sidelines of the launch of the search for The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines 2015 Wednesday night, Pangilinan dismissed the idea of running for president in the 2016 elections. “I’m not a politician, I’m just an ordinary business person,” he added. Santiago endorsed Pangilinan as a presidential candidate …

  • No Lenten break in operations vs lawless groups – AFP
    No Lenten break in operations vs lawless groups – AFP

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is not suspending its offensive against the Abu Sayyaf, New People’s Army (NPA) and other lawless groups during the Holy Week, an official said yesterday. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, AFP public affairs office chief, said the AFP leadership is leaving it up to area and division commanders whether to raise the alert status in preparation for the Holy Week. Those deployed in areas where there are ongoing law enforcement operations against terrorist groups …

  • Probe harassment vs human rights lawyer, CA orders AFP
    Probe harassment vs human rights lawyer, CA orders AFP

    The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to investigate a human rights lawyer’s claim of harassment, including surveillance, by several military officers. In a 22-page decision, the former Special Sixth Division of the appellate court granted the petition for writ of amparo and habeas data of Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon. The CA ordered the AFP to identify the officers behind the surveillance and file charges against them. The CA ruling said …

  • Noy vows to dismantle bata-bata system in PNP
    Noy vows to dismantle bata-bata system in PNP

    President Aquino vowed yesterday to dismantle the culture of factionalism or the bata-bata system within the Philippine National Police as he continued the search for the next PNP chief. Speaking at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) commencement exercises here, the President said the country needed solidarity among leaders and members of the police force so that the policemen would be effective protectors of Filipinos. “Our challenge to the next chief of our national police force: …

  • Envoy to expats: Retire, invest in Phl
    Envoy to expats: Retire, invest in Phl

    Retire and invest in real estate in the Philippines, especially now that the country has made it to the top 10 retirement destinations in the world. This is the message being spread by the Philippine embassy in Washington, with Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. leading the refrain in meetings with various Filipino-American communities in the US. In his talks, Cuisia said that an affordable cost of living as well as warm climate and people are just some of the things that make the Philippines a top …

  • PNPA spotlight falls on Ampatuan grandson
    PNPA spotlight falls on Ampatuan grandson

    The stigma of being a namesake of the principal suspect in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre did not prevent Cadet First Class Andal Ampatuan III from entering and graduating from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA). Ampatuan III, now with a rank of police inspector, is a grandson of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. The younger Ampatuan was among the 246 graduates of the PNPA “Lakandula” Class of 2015. Ampatuan III’s mother is Bai Rebecca Ampatuan, a daughter of the …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options