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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    ^ Yes, despite being a political newbie, more people voted for her than any of the other options. Funny that. What is it about the other parties/candidates that was so unpalatable to the majority?
    Also her brother was a political newbie, as well as the brother-in-law. And a fourth family member (a sister) has been stand-by.
    An interesting coincidence that 4 members of one family - within some 10 years - were the best suitable for leading the country - out of 70,000,000 people...

    Similarly, also in USA, one family supply the best leaders (some are also stand-by)...

    Similarly, both these leading families participate in the strongest weapon cartel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
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    What are you wittering on about now Albert?

    I've met Yingluck.

    Have you?
    who hasn't ? met her a few times myself

    Even Issaan paysants got selfies with her, did you ?
    As she's always made herself very publicly accessible - so anyone and everyone has made her acquaintance.
    I bet Albert hasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Anyone notice what all three routes have in common?
    I win.

    They are the colours of the UAE flag.




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    An odd comment:

    “I don’t have the skill,” Yingluck’s older sister, Monthathip Kovitcharoenkul, 58, a businesswoman who had been talked about as a potential candidate, told reporters.
    http://in.reuters.com/article/thaila...B60DB?rpc=401&

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    you don't really need skills to be PM, above all in Thailand

    if P or T or Y can do it, so does anyone

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    Thailand's ex-PM Yingluck flees to Dubai: senior party members

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled to Dubai, senior members of her party said on Saturday, a day after she failed to show up for a negligence ruling in which she faced up to 10 years in prison.

    Puea Thai Party sources said Yingluck left Thailand last week and flew via Singapore to Dubai where her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a 2008 jail sentence for corruption, has a home.

    “We heard that she went to Cambodia and then Singapore from where she flew to Dubai. She has arrived safely and is there now,” said a senior member of the Puea Thai Party who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

    Deputy national police chief General Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul said police had no record of Yingluck, 50, leaving the country and were following developments closely.

    A Reuters reporter was stopped by security at the exclusive Emirates Hills community in Dubai, where Thaksin has a home.

    A Thaksin spokesperson in Dubai did not respond to attempts by Reuters to contact Thaksin.

    Police estimate that up to 3,000 supporters had gathered outside the court in Bangkok on Friday where Yingluck was due to hear a verdict in a negligence trial against her involving a rice buying policy of her administration.

    But Yingluck did not show up at the appointed hour and the court quickly issued a statement saying she had cited an ear problem as the reason for her no-show.

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    The court rejected the excuse and moved the verdict reading to September 27. It later issued an arrest warrant for Yingluck.

    Immigration police said they would arrest Yingluck on the spot if she is found.

    Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said the government “should not comment” on Yingluck’s case and her whereabouts.

    “It’s a matter for police to proceed with the arrest warrant,” Wissanu told reporters, adding that her whereabouts “will be clear soon”.

    National police spokesman Dechnarong Suticharnbancha said on Saturday police were still investigating reports that Yingluck had either fled to Singapore or Dubai and said police had no new information on the matter.

    Winthai Suvaree, a spokesman for the junta or National Council for Peace and Order, said there had been no security meeting to address Yingluck’s disappearance.

    “You must understand that the border is long … What we know about Yingluck’s escape is only what is being reported by the media,” he added.

    NOT SURPRISED

    Overthrown in 2014, Yingluck had faced up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. Her former commerce minister was jailed in a related case for 42 years on Friday.

    Political parties led or backed by the Shinawatras have dominated Thai politics, winning every general election since 2001.

    The Shinawatras have been accused of corruption and nepotism by the Bangkok-based establishment who loath Thaksin. The family command huge support in the poorer, rural north and northeast.

    The rice buying scheme, a flagship policy of Yingluck’s administration, proved popular with rural voters but the military government says it incurred $8 billion in losses.

    Yingluck pleaded innocent to the charges against her and said she was the victim of political persecution.

    The military government has used sweeping powers to silence critics, including supporters of the Shinawatras, since 2014.

    The mood in the northeast, a Shinawatra stronghold, was somber on Saturday. Leaders of the red-shirt United Front For Democracy there said they weren't surprised Yingluck fled.

    "Most people I know feel glad that Yingluck has left the country," said one red shirt leader, who declined to be named for safety reasons.

    "For now there will be less activity from the red shirts because of military suppression."

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-t...-idUSKCN1B603U

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    Yingluck Shinawatra: Former Thai PM to seek asylum in UK, party source says

    BY SOUTH-EAST ASIA CORRESPONDENT LIAM COCHRANE
    UPDATED ABOUT 3 HOURS AGO
    REUTERS: CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM

    Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is in Dubai and plans to seek asylum in England, according to a senior member of her political party.

    Ms Yingluck failed to attend court on Friday, where she faces criminal charges over a rice subsidy policy that cost taxpayers an estimated $15 billion.

    Her lawyer said she was sick but the court did not accept that and has issued a warrant for her arrest, postponing the verdict until September 27.

    The timing and exact route of her escape remains unconfirmed, although party sources said she and her son travelled overland to Cambodia, flew to Singapore and on to Dubai.

    "Ms Yingluck is in Dubai with Mr Thaksin and will seek asylum in England," said a source inside the Pheu Thai party.

    "It was not a sudden decision, she knew that she will get a harsh punishment by the military government," the source told the ABC, on condition of anonymity.

    Ousted former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra receives ears of rice from her supporters, November 2016.

    Thailand's first female prime minister faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.

    In a separate case linked to the same rice subsidy policy, Ms Yingluck's former commerce minister was sentenced on Friday to 42 years in jail for corruption.

    The military ousted Ms Yingluck in a bloodless coup 2014.

    She was impeached and banned from politics for five years and last month had her bank accounts frozen while the junta seeks $1.1 billion in damages for the rice scheme.

    While the rice pledging policy was financially disastrous and plagued with corruption, critics of the junta say the case is politically motivated.

    The Shinawatra family has dominated Thai politics for the 15 years, winning every election they have led or backed.

    The military Government that runs Thailand now has promised — and postponed — elections each year since the coup.

    Yingluck Shinawatra: Former Thai PM to seek asylum in UK, party source says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    Yingluck ‘may seek UK asylum’

    August 27, 2017 01:00 By THE SUNDAY NATION

    FORMER PRIME MINISTER Yingluck Shinawatra is in Dubai and may try to seek asylum in the United Kingdom after fleeing the country to avoid a court ruling, a junta source said yesterday.

    The source, who is well placed in the security hierarchy, gave a detailed description of her escape, saying she took a private jet from Thailand to Singapore and on to Dubai, AFP reported.

    Dubai is the base of Shinawatra family patriarch Thaksin Shinawatra, who is Yingluck’s elder brother.

    “Thaksin has long prepared an escape plan for his sister. He would not allow his sister to spend even a single day in prison,” said the source, who requested anonymity.

    “But Dubai is not Yingluck’s final destination,” the source said, adding she may be aiming “to claim asylum in Britain”.

    Thaksin, who once owned Manchester City football club, owns property in London and spends significant amounts of time in the city.

    The Shinawatras’ political network remained tight-lipped yesterday in a media blackout that only served to heighten speculation over her dash from Thailand and the likelihood of a possible deal with the junta to allow her to leave.

    A senior source inside the family’s Pheu Thai Party, also requesting anonymity, told AFP that Yingluck had fled the country for Dubai a few days before the ruling. Another party source told CNN that she left for Dubai on Wednesday.

    Analysts say Yingluck, who was closely monitored by Thai security services, most likely cut a deal to exit the country.

    The decision to flee helps her avoid being jailed under a Thai junta that pressed for her trial and diminishes the possibility of pro-Shinawatra protests.

    Had she been jailed, Yingluck’s plight could have stirred anger and unrest among her large support base.

    The military is desperate to avoid instability as it digs in for a long stay in Thai politics.

    Political scientist Thawee Surarittikul said there was suspicion that the security authorities and people in power were instrumental in helping Yingluck leave the country, despite a court ban on her travelling overseas.

    However, he viewed her escape as a “win-win option” for both the junta and Yingluck.

    Chaiyan Chaiyaporn, a political science lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, said if the former PM really had been helped to flee by people in power, “that would be damaging to the justice system and confidence in the country’s security”.

    Meanwhile, Colonel Winthai Suvaree, spokesperson for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said yesterday there had been no security meeting to address Yingluck’s escape.

    Prime Minister and NCPO chief Prayut Chan-o-cha had issued no special orders relating to the issue, Winthai said.

    Normal laws would be enforced to catch Yingluck following an arrest warrant issued by the Supreme Court, he said.

    “You have to understand that the border is long and there is natural border route,” he said. “Authorities work at their full force to monitor illegal things being imported to the country or use the route to flee the country.”

    In a related development, a key red-shirt leader said Yingluck’s disappearance would make it harder for the group to advocate for the rule of law.

    “If everyone runs away and goes abroad, it means the fight for the rule of law would be a long one,” Thida Thavornseth, a key United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) leader, told The Straits Times.

    “We understand. Maybe it is good for her. We cannot ask her to donate all her life to the fight [for democracy],” she said.

    Privately, some Pheu Thai supporters mused at how awkward it was that Yingluck skipped court at the last moment after braving two years of legal processes that supporters claim were stacked against her. But they felt public sympathy would eventually outweigh that surprise.

    However, Ubon Ratchathani political scientist Titipol Phakdeewanich said Yingluck’s no-show would not greatly affect |Pheu Thai. “The arrest warrant reinforces the idea that Yingluck and Pheu Thai were victims of the system,” he said

    Yingluck ?may seek UK asylum?
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    HMgov like rich people so would probably give her asylum if she asked, but that risks provoking our glorious leaders into boycott of Brit goods and travellers thereby damaging their own economy which is a cheap price to demonstrate that Thai democracy will not tolerate thieves or those that support them.
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    "ranting absurdities and falsities about her (Clinton's) campaign..."


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    What a sad turn of events for Thailand, the Thai people, and most certainly Yingluck.


    Though, hope springs eternal.
    Waiting game.

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    If Yingluck had stayed and had a 30+ year jail sentence, here's a projection of what could have happened:

    step 1: a significant proportion of the population would be upset and would protest all around the nation; perhaps these would be peaceful, perhaps not.

    step 2: a 'loyal' Thai group, led by a hero such as Suthep, would form exceptionally well funded protests of their own, leading to disturbances, clashes and violence.

    step 3: the Royal Thai Army would need to step in, kill a few hundred/thousand protesters, have a new round of senate approved emergency 'laws' and regulations, then postpone any elections for at least another 5 years.

    Who would that scenario most benefit? Who would most likely construct such a scenario?

    What happens now?

    There's no reason not to have an election, but certain groups will become even more extreme in their concoction of an election framework. But, what happens if despite all their efforts they lose the election again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    Immigration police said they would arrest Yingluck on the spot if she is found.
    But not the killer of a policeman...he has political immunity because he is not political...and has money.

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    Anyone who know's anything about Thailand will know that these lot have absolutely no intention to make Thailand a better country.

    I just look at Malaysia and Indonesian who have cast this lot as second grade along with the Indians.

    They have far more foresight and wisdom then the Thai"s do.

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    ^ ^

    Yluk has a shit load of money, she gave away 900K USD just by not showing up to get her Botty spanked.

    Corrupt brother and sister together again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    a significant proportion of the population would be upset...
    once a significant power organisation will drum them up. (Can somebody estimate how much did the Red Shirt 2010 cost?

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    obviously that little circus went too far,

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    ^ ^

    Yluk has a shit load of money, she gave away 900K USD just by not showing up to get her Botty spanked.

    Corrupt brother and sister together again.
    I didn't say she hasn't got money. I know the family has shitloads.
    Read again and comprehend the grammar and intent. Key word, "and".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke
    once a significant power organisation will drum them up.
    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke
    (Can somebody estimate how much did the Red Shirt 2010 cost?
    Ask the Thai taxpaying people as they, not the other lot, paid for it.

    Disgusting!

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    She aint gunna be doing it Tuff.

    She is filthy rich, will be banged up with the filthy rich brother both eating Cavier and drinking French champagne whilst her power base of Issan peasants will be crying about her dispatch.

    It's a great story really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    If Yingluck had stayed and had a 30+ year jail sentence, here's a projection of what could have happened:

    step 1: a significant proportion of the population would be upset and would protest all around the nation; perhaps these would be peaceful, perhaps not.

    step 2: a 'loyal' Thai group, led by a hero such as Suthep, would form exceptionally well funded protests of their own, leading to disturbances, clashes and violence.

    step 3: the Royal Thai Army would need to step in, kill a few hundred/thousand protesters, have a new round of senate approved emergency 'laws' and regulations, then postpone any elections for at least another 5 years.

    Who would that scenario most benefit? Who would most likely construct such a scenario?

    What happens now?

    There's no reason not to have an election, but certain groups will become even more extreme in their concoction of an election framework. But, what happens if despite all their efforts they lose the election again?

    An alternative speculation might suggest that she wouldn't have been imprisoned, just because of who she is and obvious political/social scenarios that might apply/develop.

    Heavy fine or enforced probation/house arrest with restricted movement or something along these lines - very unlikely that she would've served time.

    Her ministers and cohorts served as the predictable scapegoats, as seen by the harsh sentences. The ruling Junta making their point in the usual Thai manner.

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    Yepper it is very likely the Junta fellers not only told Ying-a-ding-a ling; to split the country, they most likely helped her leave in safety.
    The last thing they want is a populous martyr....

    Just look at Hillary Clinton....err no wait that analogy dont work so good...

    Never mind...
    politics are so entertaining.
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    A good result for the junta.

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    Best thing she could have done, just like taksin., fascist junta would have give them both a slow death in prison.

    Now for the interviews, books, and movies , and maybe government n exile

    Oh and here come the yellow nutjobs wanting heads for , wait for it, junta negligence.

    Lol, wait for the implosion ��

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    Junta was not involved in Yingluck’s escape: NCPO spokesman

    The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has denied a suggestion by some critics that it was complicit in letting former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to escape out of the country.

    NCPO spokesman Col Winthai Suvaree said on Sunday that the junta and the government had treated Ms Yingluck’s court case straightforwardly and would not engage in any activity which contravenes with the judicial process.

    While maintaining that suggestion which reflects personal opinions and lacks supporting evidence, the colonel said such baseless opinions would only put the country in the cycle of political conflict.

    Regarding Ms Yingluck’s escape, he said that the matter would be dealt with in accordance with legal procedure.

    Yingluck failed to show up at the court on Fridaywhen the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Offices was due to deliver its verdict on the rice pledging scheme case in which she was charged with dereliction of duty in accordance with the Criminal Code and for her failure to suspend the scheme in accordance with the anti-graft law.


    Junta was not involved in Yingluck?s escape: NCPO spokesman - Thai PBS English News

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    Junta was not involved in Yingluck’s escape: NCPO spokesman
    She was 'high risk' regarding fleeing the country. Why wasn't her passport confiscated and not put under 24 hour surveillance?

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