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Thaksin tells clan to hunker down

Fugitive prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has advised all clan members to stay low during the current highly-volatile political situation. The exceptions are his sister,Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck and brother-in-law former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, who are the ruling Pheu Thai Party's party-list candidates. Former Army commander and relative General Chaisit Shinawatra said on Wednesday.

Speaking at his private birthday party, Chaisit commented the military had placed itself in a good position by staying neutral towards political instability. However, he said Army commander General Prayuth Chao-ocha should have worked more with protest leaders to seek talks, while the two camps argued whether the protest-preferred reform or government-enabled election should come first.

He pleaded with protesters not to pressure Yingluck further, because the government had retreated to a dead end. He said the protests could be regarded as a successful silent coup, because the military and the police had failed to respond.

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