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Thai election

Thaksin says Thailand pro-junta party ignores democratic rules

'I have been the victim,' not a polarizing figure, former leader says in interview

BANGKOK -- Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra warned that the country's hopes of returning to democracy are in peril if the government that emerges from Sunday's election is led by a proxy party of the military junta that has ruled for the past five years.

"If Palang Pracharat forms the next government, they will try everything and every way to stay [in power] longer," Thaksin told the Nikkei Asian Review in a telephone interview from Hong Kong on Monday.

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