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Thai junta allows deposed PM Yingluck to leave country

Published on Jul 17, 2014 12:54 PM
 
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra smiles as she arrives to address reporters in Bangkok on May 7, 2014. Thailand's junta has given permission to ousted former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country for the first time since a May 22 coup, a military spokesman said on Thursday, July 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's junta has given permission to ousted former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country for the first time since a May 22 coup, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

Yingluck is expected to travel to Paris next week to attend the 65th birthday party of her elder brother, the fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Her request was approved because she has stayed out of politics since the military seized power, according to the junta, formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

"The NCPO yesterday approved prime minister Yingluck's request to leave the country because since the coup she has never shown that she was against the NCPO's work," army spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree said.

 
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