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Ousted Thai PM resigns as party leader

"I have to do this to keep the party alive," Shinawatra said after resigning as the leader of his Thai Rak Thai political party.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 12:42 IST

Thailand's deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has resigned as leader of his Thai Rak Thai political party, a top party official said on Tuesday.

"I must resign because of the new environment. I have to do this to keep the party alive," Thaksin said in a letter read out by the official at a press conference.

"I would like to thank everyone, including the party committee and all the staff for building our party and making it strong enough to become a party for the people, with more than 14 million members who had confidence in us to form a government for two terms," the letter said.

The party official, Pongthep Thepkanjana, told reporters that the letter was dated October 2 and sent from London, where Thaksin has been living since the military ousted him in a bloodless coup two weeks ago.