Thailand’s former prime minister will not press his demand to return to office, he indicated on Sunday as mass protests swept the country.
On the fourth anniversary of the coup that ousted his democratically elected government, Thaksin Shinawatra pledged not to meddle in the country.
Its politics have been paralysed by the division between pro-Thaksin “Red Shirt” demonstrators and pro-royalty “Yellow Shirts” since 2006.
“I will not interfere in the internal politics of my great country and do not wish further turmoil for Thailand or its monarchy, which has never been my intention,” Mr Thaksin said.
“We cannot dwell on the past; we must look to the future, a democratic and free future for all Thailand’s people.”