Sibling Thai PMs Thaksin and Yingluck sighted in Singapore

Thaksin Shinawatra, fugitive former Thai prime minister, was spotted with his sister Yingluck, former Thai leader, in Singapore on Tuesday (Feb 20) after Yingluck fled Thailand last year. This also happened a day after Thaksin called for unity within his party.

Fugitive ex-prime ministers Thaksin (left) and younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra, spotted recently in Japan in this photo spread on social media, were seen Tuesday in Singapore.

Thaksin and Yingluck were seen at a hotel in Singapore, talking with a group of unidentified men likely to be from the Pheu Thai Party.

Thaksin, currently based in Dubai, still looms large over Thai politics. His parties had won every election since 2001.

Yingluck fled from Thailand last year, just before the verdict by supreme Court to find her guilty of negligence in mismanaging rice subsidy scheme, sentencing her to five years in prison.

The two had been spotted in Asia since the beginning of the month, visited China, Japan, Hong Kong and now Singapore on Monday.

They were in Singapore the same time as Thai Army Chief General Chalermchai Sittisart, who was there to receive an award from Singapore’s Ministry of Defense (MINDEF).

Charlermchai mention to the reporters before leaving Thailand that he has no intention to meet the two former Thai leaders during his stay in Singapore.

It is unclear how long Thaksin and Yingluck were planning to stay in Singapore, and their motives for coming here.

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