Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra turns 50 on Wednesday, saying this will be one of the most difficult years of her life.

She did not elaborate the difficulty that she would face this year but it was widely understood that it concerns the dereliction of duty charges against her in connection with the loss-ridden rice pledging scheme of her government.

Ms Yingluck who made merit at Wat Saket on the occasion of her 50th birthday anniversary thanked all the people who gave her moral support all along. She said that she tried to stay strong in light of the difficulty facing her, but admitted that sometimes she could not control her emotions.

On this auspicious occasion, her brother, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, sent her a big bouquet of flowers and well wishes.

She told reporters that Thaksin loves Thailand and does not want to see the country divided due to political differences.

Trying to fight back tears, Ms Yingluck thanked her supporters for showing her sympathy and support. She said she hopes she has a chance to come back again for similar merit making and to thank her supporters.

The case against her is pending with the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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