31 May '11, 1am

Ex-Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra denies wanting to be leader again, says PM candidate sister Yingluck's not his puppet

Ex-Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra denies wanting to be leader again, says PM candidate sister Yingluck's not his puppet

Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of toppled premier Thaksin Shinawatra and the prime ministerial candidate for the country's biggest opposition Pheu Thai Party, greets her supporters during an election campaign in Bangkok. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SYDNEY - FUGITIVE Thai ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has denied he wants to be leader again and insists youngest sister Yingluck, who is challenging for the post, is not his puppet. In a rare television interview at his luxury home in Dubai, he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Lateline programme he was confident his Puea Thai party would win elections due in July. 'According to the polls of many institutions, including our interim report, we are confident that we are winning,' said Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and lives abroad to escape a jail term for graft. The polls will pit his sister Yingluck Shinawatra ag...

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