Thai Cabinet to leave for Hua Hin next week

February 23rd, 2009 - 12:17 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Thailand’s cabinet members will move to a Southern beach. Next week, having the supporters of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra plan a march on their offices, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Next Tuesday, the government minister will leave Bangkok and the meeting will be held in a beach location, Hua Hin. Hua Hin, the place where the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) summit is due to be held at the end of the month.

Last year, thousands of anti-Thaksin protesters with the rival People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) occupied Government House. PAD supporters seized Bangkok’s two airports from November 25 to December 3.

Up to 30,000 Thaksin loyalists held a protest in late January, demanding that the foreign minister resign because of his links to the PAD and asking for a rewrite of the constitution followed by new elections.

The Asean summit was scheduled to take place in December, but had to be postponed after the airport seizures. It will now be held in Hua Hin from Feb 27 to March 1, and more than 3,000 police will be deployed to deal with any protests.

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