PM Shuns Pointed Queries

Source: Bangkok Post

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, upset with the headlines after his outburst over pointed questionning about the anti-drugs campaign, says he will no longer take impromptu queries from reporters on political issues.

Government spokesman Sita Divari said Government House was now off-limits to press interviews on political issues.

Questions the prime minister had been bombarded with often prompted responses that led to a political backlash. The prime minister wanted to keep politics separate from the running of administrative affairs at Government House, Mr Sita said.

From now on, reporters must submit political questions directed at Mr Thaksin through the government spokesman. The prime minister would then decide whether to handle them himself or assign one of his deputies to answer them.

Mr Thaksin would handle significant issues requiring important decisions, Mr Sita added.