Thaksin ready for family to quit politics
FORMER Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is ready to "sacrifice his family" by ending its political roles so that the country can emerge from the ongoing political impasse and move forward, his close aide said on Monday.
However, Thaksin wants his political enemies to adhere to the rules and laws, according to his legal adviser and spokesman, Noppadon Pattama.
Mr Noppadon said he spoke to Thaksin on Monday morning.
"He is not the root cause of the country's problem. The problem was caused by the failure to adhere to the rules and the failure to respect the people's decision (at the ballot box).
"He is ready to sacrifice for the country and to have his family end their political careers so that the country can move forward.
"But other people also must be ready to sacrifice. It's no use if he ends his (family's) roles but Suthep still sends the PDRC to interrupt the election," he said, referring to the secretary-general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, Suthep Thaugsuban.
The anti-government group has been protesting since November last year to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's sister, from office.
It shrugged off Thaksin's latest offer.
"Our goal is to get Thaksin into jail. We don't care who will get out of politics or not," key PDRC leader Thaworn Senneam said.
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said people in the Shinawatra family had the right to be in politics and nobody had the right to prohibit them.
"The Shinawatras have the right to be in or out of politics. But if you are in, you should comply with the law and are ready for scrutiny," Mr Abhisit said.
"That means Thaksin should accept the (2008) court ruling and come back to face the penalty. He may seek a royal pardon later. He has the right to do so," the Democrat leader said.
"When he talks about this, things seem to boil down to the issue of amnesty for himself. This is the main problem," he added.
Yesterday, negotiations on a road map to fresh elections suffered a major setback as the opposition pulled out of rare multi-party talks at the last minute.
The kingdom has been without a fully functioning government or Parliament since December, and an election held in February was declared invalid after opposition demonstrators disrupted voting.
AFP, THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK