Former Thai prime minister Thaksin throws a lavish birthday party in Hong Kong – Video
Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, wanted at home for a graft conviction, celebrated his 63rd birthday in Hong Kong on Thursday July 26th with a lavish banquet.
The self-exiled tycoon greeted his hundred guests, many of whom had flown in from Thailand for the party.
When questioned whether he was on a business visit in Hong Kong, he said he was visiting just as a tourist.
“I always come to a place where I can meet with my supporters and friends. This is a place where I can meet with supporters and friends. No, no, I’m a tourist,” Thaksin said.
During a speech, which was played to the Pheu Thai Party headquarters via a video link, he said that it will not be long before he can return to Thailand and he called for support for constitutional changes currently being pushed through by his sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Opponents of the proposed constitutional changes say that one undeclared aim was to pave the way for Shinawatra to return to Thailand without serving time in jail.
Thaksin Shinawatra is a Thai businessman and politician, who was Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 until 2006.
A populist former telecoms billionaire, he is adored by the poor but reviled by the royalist establishment and military, which toppled him in a coup in 2006.