23 Jun '11, 11pm

Thai PM Abhisit: 'Time to get rid of the poison of Thaksin' (Straits Times)

BANGKOK - THAILAND'S prime minister launched a scathing attack on his political rivals Thursday in an attempt to reinvigorate his flagging fortunes ahead of an election seen as pivotal to the country's future. The ruling Democrats' campaign rally at the site of a deadly military crackdown on opposition 'Red Shirt' protesters last year underscored the deep political divide in the kingdom after years of political turbulence. Addressing crowds of supporters, Abhisit Vejjajiva defended his handling of the protests and lashed out at the Reds' hero, fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and lives in self-imposed exile. 'It's time to get rid of the poison of Thaksin,' he said. He said that if voters did not support the ruling party 'in the future Thai people will be held hostage by people who love violence.' With polls showing them lagging the oppo...

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