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Thai military allows Yingluck to leave

Thai media speculated that Ms. Yingluck, will go to France

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Thailand's military has given permission to former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country for the first time since it seized power. Yingluck is expected to visit her brother Thaksin in France next week.

Thai media speculated that Ms. Yingluck, accompanied by her son, will go to France to celebrate the birthday of her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and fled overseas in 2008 to avoid a corruption conviction. Mr. Thaksin turns 65 on July 26.

The military junta, which is formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), announced on Thursday that it had approved the former prime minister's request to be allowed to leave the country, as she had complied with orders to stay out of politics.

The junta agreed to Yingluck's request to leave Thailand on a personal trip to Europe from July 20 to Aug. 10 since she "has not violated any orders of the NCPO or any agreements, being the ban from politics or the ban on overseas travels" and "has given good cooperation all along," said junta spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree.

"The NCPO yesterday approved Prime Minister Yingluck's request to leave the country because since the coup she has never shown that she was against the NCPO's work," army spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree said. "She has kept a low profile ever since," he added.

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