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Thai Prime Minister Resumes Work

April 18, 2002

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BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned to work Thursday after two weeks recovering from an ear infection and food poisoning.

``I have recovered and am ready to work,″ Thaksin, 52, told reporters before entering his office at Government House in Bangkok.

Thaksin was discharged Wednesday night from a hospital where he was admitted earlier in the day for diarrhea caused by food poisoning.

He spent four days in the hospital in early April with an inner ear infection, which his doctors said was caused by overwork and frequent flying in noisy planes.

``My ear is getting better, I can hear but not so clearly. The doctors say it will take three weeks before they decide whether I need a hearing aid,″ Thaksin said.

His ailments forced Parliament to postpone a scheduled debate on his government’s performance during its first year in office.