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I didn't expect this coup would happen: Thaksin

Thaksin was in New York to attend the UN General Assembly when the military staged the coup late on Tuesday.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 18:25 IST

Thailand's deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra said onWednesday he never expected the military would stage a coup, but indicated he would not try to cling to power.

"I didn't expect this incident would happen," Thaksinsaid on a chartered plane as he headed from New York to London.

"I was prime minister when I came, and I was jobless on the way back," he said, in his first remarks since the coup.

"I volunteer to work for the country," he reportedly said. "If they don't want me to do that, I won't."

Thaksin was in New York to attend the UN General Assembly when the military staged the coup late on Tuesday. He left onWednesday for London, where he maintains a residence and where he was expected to meet with his family.

"I was in contact with my family the entire time this was happening, and I was also in contact with the military," he said.

First Published: Sep 20, 2006 18:25 IST