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Yingluck, seen in Bangkok on Aug. 1, is believed to have fled to Dubai. (Photo by Hiroshi Kotani)

Thai junta drives a $2bn wedge into Shinawatra clan's base

Military touts infrastructure for poor areas just as Yingluck leaves scene

HIROSHI KOTANI, Nikkei staff writer | Thailand

BANGKOK -- Thailand's military government has hammered out a 68 billion baht ($2.04 billion) infrastructure plan that many see as an attempt to draw support away from former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The plan was announced just as the negligence trial of Thaksin's younger sister, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, was coming to a head. The verdict on her responsibility for a botched rice subsidy program was due last Friday, but Yingluck reportedly fled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

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