Yingluck away again to Northeast

CHIANG MAI - Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's tour of the provinces continues next week with the northeastern region as her next destination.

Caretaker Interior Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan said on Thursday Ms Yingluck will visit drought-hit areas in northeastern provinces.

Wiboon Sanguanpong, permanent secretary for interior, said details have not been confirmed. The caretaker prime minister planned a follow-up of the situation from a meeting in Chiang Mai. All governors in the region could be called for a meeting with Ms Yingluck, he added.

Drought and forest fires were the issues in talks between the caretaker prime minister and officials in Chiang Mai on Thursday.

Buri Ram, Maha Sarakham, Khon Kaen and Si Sa Ket are four northeastern provinces that have declared emergency areas due to a shortage of water, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut criticised her visit, saying Ms Yingluck was avoiding tackling delayed rice payments for farmers in the rice-pledging scheme and a meeting with the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Ms Yingluck sent her lawyers to acknowledge the graft fighting agency's charges of dereliction of duty by ignoring warnings about corruption in the scheme. Ms Yingluck chairs the National Rice Policy Committee, which oversees the programme.

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Discussion 1 : 28/02/2014 at 06:47 AM
Is this not blatant campaigning for votes using taxpayer money, which is against the rules in her caretaker position ahead of elections? Then again, in the scope of much bigger corruption, who would view that as serious???
Discussion 2 : 28/02/2014 at 02:03 AM
Maybe she will go visit south after northeast? Just kidding! She never visit or give anything to people that does'nt vote for her. Maybe she is scared? from iPhone application.
Discussion 3 : 28/02/2014 at 01:24 AM
Teflon Yingluck sure knows how to manage her priorities!
Discussion 4 : 28/02/2014 at 12:37 AM
Smiles all around while innocent people die..What a tragic leader.
Discussion 5 : 28/02/2014 at 12:12 AM
She neither is adding to the situation in the far south isn't she? She is a Prime Minister for the North and Northeast only. Well that;s not good enough than.
Discussion 6 : 27/02/2014 at 10:05 PM
She certainly isn't going to add to the situation by being present in Bangkok. Kanman Suthep knows full well that she is limited in the media because of the ongoing election situation, and the zealousness of the EC. Any comment that she makes in public is interpreted as some form of electioneering.
Discussion 7 : 27/02/2014 at 09:03 PM
She is just buying time. Perhaps stretching for a few more weeks.
Discussion 8 : 27/02/2014 at 08:59 PM
The "pretend" leader of the country again shows she is not interested in facing the problem ahead, a tour of the North is more important.

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