PM brushes aside planned protest by ex- Pheu Thai MPs over calendar seizure

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has brushed aside a planned petition from some former Pheu Thai MPs to protest against the military seizure of about a dozen of calendars featuring former prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra’s images in Khon Kaen on Monday.

He said that there was no need for such petition and he would not respond to it. Hitting back at those who made and distributed the calendars, he questioned their motive and asked whether it was appropriate to publicise the image of a fugitive.

Without naming name, the prime minister also challenged Thaksin to return home “if he thinks he is innocent”.

Asked by a reporter whether it was appropriate for Ms Yingluck to be featured in the calendars with the fugitive, the prime minister evaded the question by asking the media to direct the question with the former prime minister.

Regarding the unrest situation in the Deep South, the prime minister said that the situation had improved satisfactorily with the Defence Ministry taking charge of overseeing the situation over there.