“I believe he has value to contribute to the government and people of Thailand” – Prime Minister Shretha said in an interview with the news agency. bloomberg On September 20, when he arrived in America to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“He was and probably still is the most beloved Prime Minister in Thai political history” – commented Mr Shretha. Mr Thaksin is also considered an influential figure in the current prime minister’s Pheu Thai party.
Mr Shrettha added: “Obviously, there are good reasons for it and if he is independent, it would be unwise of me not to ask his opinion along with other prime ministers.”
Thai Prime Minister Shretha Thawisin – Photo: EPA-EFE
Having worked in the private sector for more than 30 years, Mr Shretha admitted his lack of political experience in an interview bloomberg But he dismissed any concerns about the stability of his ruling coalition.
He said, “I believe this is a very stable government. As far as Mr. Thaksin’s role in the new government is concerned, it is unclear.”
Thailand’s new prime minister wants to revive an economy whose growth rate is lagging behind neighboring countries. His comments are a sign of how Mr Thaksin may continue to influence the country’s politics.
Mr. Thaksin served as Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006. His Shinawatra family has had great influence in the country’s politics in the last two decades.
Mr Thaksin, 74, who had been in exile since 2008 to escape corruption charges, returned to Thailand last August. A few hours later, Sri Sritha was elected Prime Minister by Parliament.
Mr. Thaksin was sent to prison with an 8-year sentence but was immediately transferred to the police hospital due to health reasons.
Mr. Thaksin apologized to Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn and had his sentence reduced to one year. His family is considering the possibility of posting bail so that he can be released before the parole deadline – which is expected to be in February next year – and he will only have to remain under house arrest.