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Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra made her first public announcement since the 22 May coup d’état in a Facebook post this morning.
Alongside a photo of her and her son, Ms. Yingluck wrote:
In the past week many things have changed and happened in our country. Many of you have expressed concern about me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who sent your wishes either through the Facebook fan page or through other media. And thank you again for all the support that you have given me all along. I would like to give my moral support to all of you.
Ms. Yingluck, who led the former government until she was ousted in a judicial ruling earlier this month, was one of the first political leaders to be summoned and detained by the military after it staged a coup d’etat.
The military released Ms. Yingluck after several days on the condition that she not participate in any political activities or leave the country without notifying the army.
Ms. Yingluck is the sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a coup in 2006 but continues to play an influential role in Thai politics.
A fiercely loyal fan base in Thailand’s rural North and Northeast has whisked political parties associated with the Shinawatra family into power in every national election since 2001.