I'm still alive, Thaksin tweets

Bangkok (The Nation/ANN) - After being away from Twitter for over a year, fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra chose April Fool's Day yesterday to come back - to rebut rumours he had died in an accident in Dubai and say he will soon post articles on Facebook to share stories he thinks interesting.

"Hello Thailand! Sawasdee krub, my dear Thai brothers and sisters. I have been away for a long time, I'm back here to greet you again as I received phone calls from my family since the morning. They told me there were rumours that I might have died in an accident in Dubai. Then many of the red shirts and people who were concerned also called me. Here please allow me to tweet and clarify that I am doing fine. There was no such accident as [in] the fabricated story. It's April 1, April Fools' Day," he posted.

Thaksin's last tweet before this was on November 1, 2011 when he posted a message about rehabilitation after the flood.

Meanwhile, Thaksin's son Panthongtae posted on Facebook that his dad had returned to Thailand and had registered to run in Chiang Mai MP by-election.

Panthongtae said his joke was a reaction to rumours spread by anti-Thaksin groups about his dad having an accident.

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