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Thai PM to leave hospital: Aide

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 16:02

Bangkok: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will leave hospital today after an overnight stay
to recover from food poisoning, her government said.

As the premier`s condition has improved, she will be
discharged at noon and head directly to the airport for a
scheduled trip to Vietnam, government spokeswoman Titima
Chaisang said.

"She will meet with her Vietnamese counterpart and hold
bilateral talks. It`s possible that she will not stay for the
evening banquet," she said.

The talks will address trade, investment and tourism,
including a proposal for a single tourist visa for South East
Asian countries, Titima said, adding that Foreign Minister
Surapong Tovichakchaikul was set to accompany Yingluck.

Yingluck, who has been grappling with a months-long flood
crisis, was hospitalised in the early hours of Tuesday morning
with diarrhoea, fatigue, abdominal pain and nausea.

She was given oral dehydration salts and ordered to rest,
the hospital said yesterday.

The 44-year-old leader, the younger sister of fugitive
ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, was a political novice before
taking office in August and has struggled to get a grip on
Thailand`s worst floods in half a century.

The government has faced criticism for its slow response
and confusing public advice about the disaster, which has left
more than 600 people dead.

At times the mother-of-one has showed signs of strain,
appearing teary-eyed at news conferences and describing the
crisis as overwhelming, while her political enemies have
sought to use the occasion to undermine her popularity.

Her 62-year-old brother Thaksin remains a deeply divisive
figure in Thailand. The former telecoms tycoon was ousted in a
2006 coup and lives abroad to avoid a two-year jail sentence
for corruption.


First Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 16:02

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