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Security beefed up in N. Thailand ahead of Thaksin's birthday

07-12-2010 14:28 BJT

BANGKOK, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Provincial governors in North Thailand have been instructed to closely monitor the peace and order situation ahead of ousted former Thai Premier Thaksin Shinawatra's July 26 birthday, Interior Minister Chavarat Charnveerakul said on Monday.

Chavarat's remark was made as Thailand's leading opposition Pheu Thai Party (PTP) is preparing to hold a religious ceremony for Thaksin's birthday, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported.

Also, the PTP party has planned to set up a stage for a political speech for Thaksin's birthday celebration in North Thailand -- the stronghold of the former Thai premier.

The stage is planned to set up at least in Lamphun and Kamphaeng Phet province on July 26 and 29, respectively.

Though there was no report of violence to occur, the provincial governors in these sensitive provinces have been ordered to closely monitor the situation to prevent violence from occurring, Chavarat said.

Thaksin was ousted by the military coup in September, 2006, in accusation of massive corruption, and kept in exile since then. Thaksin returned to Thailand in February, 2008 to face corruption charges, but he later fled into exile again and was convicted in absentia.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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