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Thaksin to Visit Hun Sen for Weekend Golf

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is scheduled to make an unofficial visit Saturday and Sunday for a round of golf with Prime Minister Hun Sen, Thai media reported Thursday.

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith confirmed Thaksin would visit, but said he was not sure whether the former premier was coming this weekend or next.

Thaksin, who was ousted in a bloodless coup in 2006, has retained close ties with Cambodia, Hun Sen has said.

Thaksin lived in exile for 17 months, returning to Thailand in February. Under Thaksin, the Thai government faced allegations of corruption and rights abuses, and he was prime minister during the 2003 anti-Thai riots in Phnom Penh.