Thaksin urges royal reform

BANGKOK - Thailand's government accused Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday of violating the revered monarchy after the fugitive former premier reportedly urged the reform of institutions close to the palace.

BANGKOK - Thailand's government accused Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday of violating the revered monarchy after the fugitive former premier reportedly urged the reform of institutions close to the palace.

Thaksin, who was toppled in a 2006 coup, was quoted by British daily The Times as saying that King Bhumibol Adulyadej was above politics but "circles" around the monarchy were interfering with the running of the country.

"That's the problem in Thailand," Thaksin said. "The monarchy is not the problem. The monarchy is good for Thailand." - Sapa-AFP

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