Thaksin to return to Thailand on February 14

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will return to Thailand for the first time since last year's coup on February 14, after a new government is installed, one of his political allies said on Friday.

Thaksin to return to Thailand on February 14
"Thaksin told me that he is not yet ready to return, and that he would rather wait for the installment of the new prime minister and cabinet. He will return on February 14," Chalerm Yoobamrung, deputy leader of the People Power Party, told a cheering rally.

"Thaksin said if he came back before the government is formed, he would be accused of trying to make more trouble," Chalerm said.

"So he will return on February 14, which is Valentine's Day, the day of love," he added.

Chalerm said that he had spoken to Thaksin by telephone on Thursday night.

After ousting Thaksin in a bloodless coup in September 2006, the military disbanded his political party. But Thaksin's allies are campaigning for general elections Sunday as the People Power Party, and were leading in the polls.

Chalerm said that Thaksin was currently in Macau, although the PPP had earlier said he would monitor the elections from Hong Kong.

Since the military takeover, Thaksin has been living in Britain, where he bought the Manchester City football club.

Military-backed investigators have charged him with corruption but so far have failed to convict him in a court.

Agencies

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