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Count me out of reconciliation, says ousted Thai PM Thaksin #Thailand

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday (March 31) accused the junta of bullying him over a 17 billion baht (S$689 million) tax bill and said it should count him out of reconciliation efforts. Thaksin has lived in exile since being overthrown in 2006, but his populist movement remains at the heart of political division in Thailand. The army seized power from a government led by his sister in 2014 in the name of ending turmoil. Thaksin's rare public comments, made in a Facebook post, came days after the Thai revenue department sent him the tax bill over the sale of shares in a telecoms company more than a decade ago. Thaksin said it was the latest example of him and his family being "blamed and bullied". "For the reconciliation process, I urge every side to please remove me from the equation," Thaksin said. "Those in power al...

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