Is “Bringing Thaksin Back” Puea Thai's Key Policy?

Bringing back former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to Thailand and reinstatement of the 2007 Constitution would be two main key policies for next election campaign of Puea Thai Party, MPs chairman Chalerm Yubamrung said on Saturday.

Mr Chalerm said the opposition camp will also inform voters that it would move ahead with the populist policy initiated by the now defunct Thai Rak Thai Party, such as 30 baht for curing all diseases and village fund.

The veteran politician said his party will also come up with a law to grant amnesty to yellow and red-shirt protesters facing criminal and political charges after the September 19, 2006 military coup.

He was confident that Puea Thai party’s MP candidate, Korkaew Pikulthong, would win the July 25 by election in Bangkok’s constituency 6. Mr Korkaew, being detained in prison on charge of terrorism, is a co-leader of the pro-Thaksin United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

"PT: “Bring Thaksin back” is a key policy", Bangkok Post, July 3, 2010

This will not sit well with the yellow shirts and other anti-Thaksin advocates, but may be the prospect of amnesty for both yellow and red shirts may offer some room for compromise - nah! As long as Thaksin is mentioned there's no chance in hell the Puea Thai Party will get through with this!