BANGKOK, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra has been allowed to leave the country for an European tour from the upcoming Sunday until early next month.
Col. Winthai Suvaree, spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order, the official title of the military junta that staged the May 22 coup to depose the Yingluck government, announced on Thursday that the former lady leader has been granted permission from top ruler Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to leave on private tours to European states from July 20 until August 10.
Accompanying Yingluck on her European tour is her only son, Supasek Amornchat, who might possibly advance his studies at an European college, sources said.
He has studied at a Bangkok international school where a group of anti-government protesters abruptly approached and blew whistles at him last year.
"Ms Yingluck has so far abided by the NCPO orders or never breached the agreement which she earlier reached with the NCPO. Given such good cooperation on her part, she has been granted permission to leave for an overseas tour as requested," said Col. Winthai.
Following the bloodless coup, the NCPO has banned all politicians and political activists from getting involved in political activity or departing the country for any reason unless otherwise allowed by Prayuth.
All politicians attached to the once-ruling Pheu Thai (for Thais) Party had reported to the military junta except for a few including former party leader/former interior minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, who proclaimed to have set up an anti-military movement overseas under the name of the Organization of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy.
Yingluck was earlier rumored to have planned to visit her brother, deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra, somewhere in France during her European tour.
According to a source personally close to Yingluck, the former premier will not seek exile overseas and will definitely return home after her European tour next month.
Meanwhile, Thaksin, ousted as elected premier in a 2006 military coup, has called off a reported plan to hold a private party to celebrate his 65th birthday in France later this month, the sources said.
Besides Yingluck, several other Pheu Thai members had earlier sought permission to leave for European tours amid wide speculation that they would eventually meet Thaksin in France.
Nevertheless, Prayuth is yet to grant similar permission for those ex-government officials who have requested to take overseas trips, taking into account whether they may have abided by the NCPO orders or whether they might currently have any lawsuits to settle in court, according to the NCPO spokesman.
Over the past several years, Thaksin who has taken exile overseas following the 2006 coup, managed to hold private parties for his birthday in Thailand's neighboring states such as Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos where dozens of his loyal followers, including ex- Pheu Thai lawmakers and pro-government Red Shirt activists jubilantly attended.