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Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said
Friday that he may take a break from politics, the first time the premier sent a
relatively clear sign over his political future amid heated speculations about
Thaksin Shinawatra speaks during a
meeting at the Government House in Bangkok August 24, 2006. (Xinhua
Speaking on his flight from London to Cuba for the
Non-Aligned Movement meeting, Thaksin said he would make clear his decision
before candidate registration date, Bangkok-based newspaper The Nation reported
on its website Friday.
"I may take a political break," Thaksin said, adding
that he will give clear answer on the matter before the election's registration
date," Thaksin said.
"The society and press in Thailand are easily to get
bored. I give you an example. When General Prem Tinsulanond was the prime
minister, the media praised him as a capable and good figure. But after eight
years, all the newspapers criticized his performance," he said.
But he declined to reveal who would replace him for
now. "No matter what rumors said about who would replace me, it is only me who
know," he said.
Opposition protests continued in Bangkok while
Thaksin were out of the country for the last few days. The media talked about
possibility of a military coup to force Thaksin out and of a successor having
been picked to replace Thaksin as next premier candidate.
However, Thaksin had declined to make clear whether
he would contest the election or retreat after his Thai Rak Thai party won the
election, having a deputy to take the premier post. Enditem