Yingluck calls for reconciliation and advises junta on her 49th birthday
By News Desk
21 June 2016

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra wishes the country can have reconciliation so that it can move forward.

In a birthday statement, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday expressed wishes that the country will move forward towards democracy and people will be happy and healthy.

The former premier, who turned 49 yesterday, made merit on her birthday with her husband Anusorn Amornchat and her son Supasek Amornchat at her home on Soi Yothinpattana 3.

Yingluck said the current economic situation was not healthy and she wanted to ask the government to issue policies that stimulate the economy and make people wealthier.

She said she wanted the junta to prevent political conflicts from escalating and urged conflicting sides to try to reconcile.

“I want to call for a more open and inclusive debate during the campaign for the referendum on the charter draft,” she added.

Her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, sent her a bouquet of flowers as a birthday gift.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, meanwhile, was coy when asked about Yingluck yesterday. “I am personally not her foe,” he said. “She’s already happy and healthy on her birthday. She’s much younger than me. Aren’t you worried about me?”

Prayut ousted Yingluck from the PM’s post during the 2014 coup after claiming that her government failed to properly administer the country.

Since then, the Prayut-led regime has launched a criminal lawsuit against the former premier, for alleged negligence in her oversight of the former government’s notorious rice-pledging scheme.

Yingluck has been closely watched by officials for moves deemed to have a political motive, such as field trips to visit supporters and distribution of New Year calendars decorated with photos of her and her brother, the fugitive ex-PM.

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