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Thai Push for Thaksin Pardon May Destabilize Politics, Korn Says

November 20, 2011

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The Thai government’s push for a royal pardon for exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra may destabilize an improving political climate in the country, former Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said.

“It’s no surprise that they are trying to get him back,” Korn said today in a telephone interview with Bloomberg Television. “The manner in which he is trying to come back is somewhat shocking, but it is still to be seen whether they will succeed.”

The government is discussing a decree that may make Thaksin eligible for a prisoner amnesty during celebrations for King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday on Dec. 5. Details of the decree haven’t been finalized, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said yesterday.

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