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Thai opposition to hold celebration for Thaksin's 61st birthday

07-20-2010 09:49 BJT

BANGKOK, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's opposition Puea Thai Party (PTP) will hold a celebration on July 26 to mark the 61st birthday of ousted former Thai Premier Thaksin Shinawatra at a temple in the northern Chiang Mai province, PTP MP for Chiang Mai Surapong Towichakchaikul said on Monday.

The Bangkok Post's website quoted Surapong as saying the ceremony, which will be held in the morning, will be hosted by Thaksin's aunt Chansom Shinawatra.

Thaksin's supporters are invited to join the ceremony as it is expected there would be thousands of his supporters to be present at the ceremony, he said.

The ceremony, which will begin with a religious food offering for monks at Rongtham Temple in Sankampaeng District of Chiang Mai, will be followed by floating lanterns and balloons into the sky, he said.

Thaksin will phone-in to thank his supporters on that day.

Surapong said he is confident the birthday celebration, which will be held in a religious style, will not breach the emergency decree effective in the province.

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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