Thaksin was in Myanmar last week: Widespread social media rumours that former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was in Myanmar last week are true, according to both Thaksin’s brother-in-law and a Pheu Thai Party senator.
According to Somchai Wongsawat, a former prime minister and brother-in-law of Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin and his family were indeed in Myanmar last week.
Mr Somchai Wongsawat has insisted that Thaksin was only in Myanmar to take part in a Buddhist merit-making ceremony.
Senator Somchai Sawaengkarn is believed to be one of the first to share the online photos of Thaksin at a merit-making ceremony which have spread quickly. He wrote a caption for the photos which read: “Who’s this, appearing in Myanmar?”, when he posted the photos online.
One news report went into more details of the Thaksin trip to Myanmar, stating that he stayed in Yangon on the 10th floor of the Chatrium Hotel with close associates from Bangkok who had booked rooms on the same floor and two floors below, according to reports.
Much speculation has occurred on social media regarding Thaksin’s appearance in Myanmar. Some said he was in the country to attend a supernatural ceremony in Mandalay to fight back against anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committtee leaders Suthep Thaugsuban and Luang Pu Buddha Issara, who are engaged in a campaign to oust the government of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and remove Thaksin’s influence from Thailand.
The visis is Thaksin’s second to Myanmar in the past 12 months. He was there last March to inspect the progress of the Dawei deep-sea port project being pushed by the ruling Pheu Thai-led government at the time.