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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

Former Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatra divorced his wife

Bangkok, 17 November, ( Former Thai Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatra divorced his wife last Friday. Thakshin with his wife  PojamanThakshin with his wife Pojaman

According to a news report, the divorce reportedly was sealed last week at the Thai Consulate in Hong Kong.

The couples remained married for the last thirty years and were blessed with three children –one son and two daughters and they all are presently living in England.

"Thaksin and his wife remain very close, and they have grown even closer since their problems began in Thailand," said one source.
A large proportion of the Shinawatras' assets are in Pojaman's name, also a source said.

Thaksin's spokesman Pongthep Thepkanchana yesterday confirmed news of the divorce, but said he did not know the reason behind the separation, adding that he did not ask because he considered it a personal matter.

"After the news broke, I had it confirmed by a credible person close to Thaksin, who confirmed his divorce from Khunying Pojaman," Pongthep said.

The spokesman declined to confirm speculation that the divorce had been caused by Pojaman's displeasure at Thaksin having ignored her advice to leave politics for good. "I respect their personal rights," said Pongthep.

He said he did not think the couple's separation would affect Thaksin's popularity or the legal cases against the ex-premier.

Sources close to Thaksin's family yesterday described the move as a "divorce on paper only" for practical and legal reasons.

They explained that by adopting such a "strategy", both Thaksin and Pojaman would be able to continue on separate paths. The ousted leader would now be able to campaign actively against his political enemies, particularly the People's Alliance for Democracy.

For Pojaman, it would be easier for her to apply for a visa in Britain and many of the assets held under her name would not be seized if Thaksin were found guilty in a major corruption case, the trial of which begins next month.

- Asian Tribune -

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