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Bangkok Post

7 July 2011

 

 

[color:red]The Pheu Thai Party is expected to appoint exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as a government trade envoy to promote Thai exports abroad, which will enable him to freely travel the world.[/color] :surprised:

 

A party source said that when a Pheu Thai-led coalition government is formed and cabinet ministers are appointed, the party would entrust Thaksin with the role of a trade envoy to help his youngest sister Yingluck Shinawatra, who looks set to become the prime minister, handle her responsibilities.

 

Thaksin has well-established connections with corporate executives and leaders of foreign countries and also possesses the business acumen to make bargains and boost trade ties with other nations.

 

As a trade envoy, Thaksin could use his experience abroad during his self-imposed exile to help the government promote trade ties without getting directly involved in politics at home, the source said. :susel:

 

[color:red]Thaksin's expected trade promotion role will also enable him to travel freely anywhere in the world, the source said.[/color] :content:

 

Noppadon Pattama, Thaksin's legal adviser, yesterday did not rule out the possibility of Thaksin's new role as a trade envoy.

 

The former prime minister has what it takes to measure up to the task, Mr Noppadon said.

 

The new government can appoint him as a trade envoy straight away as the position of trade envoy is not a political one, Mr Noppadon said.

 

[color:red]If Thaksin is given the position, he can travel to other countries using a passport issued by Montenegro, Mr Noppadon said.[/color] :rotl:

 

Meanwhile, coalition parties continue jockeying and bargaining for cabinet portfolios.

 

The selection of cabinet members will be based on their potential and capabilities, Ms Yingluck said, promising to do her best to assemble a cabinet accepted by all sides in Thailand and the international community.

 

Ms Yingluck also brushed aside speculation that she would help her brother Thaksin return home. She said her Pheu Thai Party would not push for an amnesty to help only one person. :hippie:

 

Thaksin has discussed the allocation of cabinet posts with Suwat Liptapanlop, a leader of Chart Pattana Puea Pandin Party, according to a source in the party.

 

The source said Mr Suwat had asked for the energy portfolio, which was held by the party when it was part of the People Power Party-led coalition government. However, Thaksin has yet to make a decision. Thaksin only proposed giving the party a ministerial position at a "B-grade" ministry and a deputy minister seat, the source said.

 

A source in Chartthaipattana said that Pheu Thai had offered three posts to the party - the agriculture and cooperatives minister, a deputy prime minister and a deputy minister.

 

However, the source said that the party was seeking two deputy minister posts - one at the Finance Ministry and the other at the Transport Ministry - and the Agriculture Ministry.

 

Another party in the coalition, Phalang Chon, is expected to be offered the Tourism Ministry.

 

Meanwhile new contenders have emerged for the defence portfolio, despite the fact that ACM Sumet Phomanee, Thaksin's Class 10 friend from the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, remains the favourite for the position.

 

The first to emerge is supreme commander Gen Mongkol Ampornpisit, a close aide to Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda.

 

In his favour, the general already has a good and established relationship with Thaksin.

 

But Gen Panlop Pinmanee, Pheu Thai's campaign director in Lop Buri and former deputy director of the Internal Security Operations, yesterday said that he was trained in security and defence and considers himself best suited for the role of defence if he were to be given any ministerial position.

 

A source at the Defence Ministry said Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon had also discussed the defence portfolio with the Pheu Thai leadership during a phone call.

 

The source said Gen Prawit did not want to continue as defence minister under the new government, but that he wanted to make a bargain with Pheu Thai out of concern that military leaders could be purged.

 

After the negotiations, former supreme commander Boonsrang Niempradit, Gen Prawit's close friend, emerged as another contender for the portfolio, the source said.

 

Payap Shinawatra, Thaksin's younger brother who oversees Pheu Thai MPs in the Northeast, dismissed suggestions that Ms Yingluck might double as defence minister. The position is given only to a man who is a professional soldier, Mr Payap said.

 

Pheu Thai list MP Chalerm Yubamrung yesterday insisted that that he had not been lobbying for a ministerial post, saying this was a rumour intended to discredit him.

 

[color:red]Mr Chalerm also denied saying that he would reject any political positions if his son Wan Yubamrung failed in the election.

 

Mr Wan, running in Bang Bon district, was defeated by Democrat Pol Col Samart Muangsiri in Constituency 28 covering Bang Bon and Nong Khaem.[/color]

 

 

 

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"As a trade envoy, Thaksin could use his experience abroad during his self-imposed exile to help the government promote trade ties without getting directly involved in politics at home, the source said."

 

Jesus. No mention he is a fugitive from justice and a wanted man.

 

"his self-imposed exile"

 

55555555555555555! Yeah, the court decision to jail him for 2 years had nothing to do with his decision to go into a 'self imposed exile'. What a joke!

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History is written by the winners Cent. ;) I keep thinking about the people in Gadfly's office changing sides....hey, maybe he wasn't so evil after all. :D

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Thaksin as trade envoy rumour denied

Published on July 6, 2011

 

The rumour about ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra tipped for the position of Thailand trade envoy was groudless, legal adviser Noppadon Pattama said on Wednesday.

"Rumour mongers wanted to cause confustion and divisiveness," he said, insisting Pheu Thai Party had not planned for a Thaksin appointment.

The Nation

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This sounds like what was called the "holler theory" when JFK was president. His advisors would spread a rumour and see who hollered and how many. If there were a lot of complaints, the rumour would be denied and the idea dropped. If not, the administration would go ahead with it. :beer:

 

 

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..."his self-imposed exile"

 

55555555555555555! Yeah, the court decision to jail him for 2 years had nothing to do with his decision to go into a 'self imposed exile'. What a joke!

 

I was laughing with ya. More accurately, "while on the lam". 5555555555555555555

 

HH

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