Thaksin Shinawatra

Thaksin too much of a distraction

Thailand's urban and rural poor would welcome a pardon and return from exile of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. That becomes a less remote possibility now that the government led by his sister has quietly reissued him with a Thai passport.

Friday, 23 December, 2011, 12:00am

Thaksin's risky steps on the comeback trail

Former Thai prime minister turned fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra is apparently pursuing the first step in a political comeback. But his high-profile visit to Japan has caused controversy at home and could jeopardise the newly formed government under the leadership of his sister, Yingluck.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Yingluck can't ignore power of 'red shirts'

If you think the enemies of Thai election winner Yingluck Shinawatra appear difficult- coup-prone generals, litigious old-money elites and royalist 'yellow shirt' protesters- then just consider her 'friends'.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Thailand's only chance of success

After five years of political turmoil, Thailand has held a peaceful election, ushering in a new government in an uncharacteristically mature fashion. Instead of the usual violence, ill-will and bloody-mindedness, there have been congratulations, smiles and pledges of co-operation. But polls are the easy part of democracy; the immensely difficult part now lies ahead.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Will it just be another Thai Groundhog Day at the polls?

If Thai politics was a movie, it would be tempting to think of it as Groundhog Day, or at least Back to the Future.

Thailand's 47 million voters go to the polls today in an election that, once again, is all about fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra. With Thaksin come the divides that continue to split one of the region's traditionally freest countries.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Pro-Thaksin poll victory may be too much to bear

Almost all recent polls put the Peua Thai party, backed by loyal fans of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ahead of the ruling Democrats in the run-up to the Thai election on July 3. The leader of Peua Thai, Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's sister, has also emerged as the most preferred premier.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Battle between old and new elite threatens Thai democracy

Thailand's elites seem determined to tear each other apart - and the country, too, if necessary - in what is supposed to be an election to restore full democracy to the country. Far from it: the way the campaign is going, chances are that Thailand will face another coup or dictatorship before long.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Paving the political path for Thaksin's sister

Is Thailand ready for its first female prime minister? From his base in Dubai, former-premier-turned-fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra reportedly said that he wanted to nominate his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, 43, as the new leader of the fragmented opposition Peua Thai party in the upcoming election, due in late June.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Royalists head for the revolving political door

The 'yellow shirt' royalist movement, the People's Alliance for Democracy, may soon end its months-long demonstrations against Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and give up political activities for good.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Out of which country was former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra ousted?

a. China b. Vietnam c. Thailand d. Malaysia

2 How has Thaksin arranged to deliver his speech to Hong Kong's FCC instead of appearing there in person?

10 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Have protesters overplayed hand?

PAD's 'nuclear option' of closing Bangkok's airport may kill its support

It has been called the 'nuclear option'. In shutting down Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport - one of the busiest in the region - the anti-government protesters of the People's Alliance for Democracy may have finally gone too far, putting continued sympathy for their movement at risk.

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

... as Eriksson digests defeat and pasta

Also in town as part of the international friendly games on Thursday was English side Manchester City, managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson. It seems the former England national coach didn't have much of an appetite for Asian cuisine on this trip.

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

Fears prompt security cocoon around Thaksin

Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you - that is the situation ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra now finds himself in as he settles in Bangkok after 17 months in self-imposed exile.

Security concerns are continuing to dominate Thaksin's daily planning, according to political sources close to his camp.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Harsh price of Thai drug wars - past and future

The fondness in rural Thai villages for the free-spending policies of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is well known. His delivery of dirt-cheap health care and easy credit secured a lasting engagement with the long-ignored north and northeast.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The politics of persuasion

With his soft, smiling features and gentle delivery, ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra does humility well. Bowing to the legions of impoverished supporters who turned out at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport on Thursday to welcome him home from exile, Thaksin was at his most humble.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am