Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra has mocked the Prime Minister, who led the coup that overthrew her government, rhetorically asking whether “the ex-Army chief can remember my name”.
Via her Twitter account @PouYingluck, the self-exiled ex-premier retweeted Gen Prayut Chan-o-ch’s encounter on Monday during his field trip in Ranong province with an officer who happened to share the same name as her.
“This is a good name because this name used to be PM,” Prayut jokingly said to Yingluck the officer. “I don’t blame anyone. Just do the right things.”
Yingluck the ex-PM tweeted: “I heard that he [Prayut] told Yingluck to do the right things. I would like to ask the ex-Army chief whether he could still remember this name.”
She apparently referred to Prayut by his former title, the one he had while serving under the Yingluck government and subsequently led the military coup to oust her.
The online reaction from Yingluck, who usually maintains a composed manner, quickly spread around Twitter and was retweeted more than 1,600 times in just two hours.
Prayut and Yingluck have been at loggerheads ever since Yingluck was ousted in 2014, followed by the prosecution against her and her government colleagues for the its rice-pledging scheme, which resulted in her being handed a five-year prison sentence without suspension.
Yingluck pulled off a dramatic escape, however, failing to show up on the day of the Supreme Court’s ruling. It was later discovered that she had escaped from Thailand a few days before the day of the ruling, after which those who had helped her flee were only punished mildly.
Yingluck has kept a low profile for months, with photos of her only being occasionally released or leaked online, before recently turning becoming active online again.
She appears to spend most of time with her brother, also self-exiled ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, who was jailed on corruption charges for two years in 2008. They have been photographed in several countries, mostly the United Kingdom and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The Prayut government has vowed to bring the Shinawatra siblings back to Thailand to serve their prison sentences but so far, its efforts have not been fruitful, with Thaksin and Yingluck only wanted domestically.