Thaksin Shinawatra

Thaksin returns 'to clear his name'

Ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned home yesterday from 17 months in self-imposed exile, vowing to clear his name from criminal charges but stay out of politics.

Friday, 29 February, 2008, 12:00am

Thaksin's return poses a test for Thailand

Ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is a politically polarising figure. As his return to Thailand yesterday after 17 months in self-imposed exile showed, he is either loved or loathed.

29 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Usually taciturn Bangkok taxi drivers weep for joy at airport

It takes a lot to make a Bangkok taxi driver weep, yet they were crying by the dozen as they gathered to greet former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on his return to Thailand yesterday from 17 months in self-imposed exile.

29 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Democracy? Well, this is Thailand

Frustrated long-term foreign residents of Thailand are prone to shake their heads and mutter 'tit, tit'.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Thailand's choice: crisis or real politics

The Thai army hasn't the faintest idea what to do next. Sixteen months ago, after weeks of anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok, the military overthrew the elected government of billionaire prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, accusing him and his wife of corruption.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Uncertainty the only certainty in Bangkok

In Bangkok, Hong Kong and across the region, anyone with at least a passing interest in Thailand is scratching their heads, trying to figure out what is happening since last week's election and what the likely outcome will be.

5 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

The homesick autocrat

It is known as the new Gulf of Thailand.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Thaksin set for comeback as allies claim poll victory

Supporters of ousted Thai PM score resounding win

Ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is poised for a political comeback after his allies won an apparent landslide victory in yesterday's elections.

24 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Clean government is the most Thais can hope for

As Thais go to the polls today to elect a government more than a year after military leaders toppled one they had just re-elected in a landslide, images of a big political rally in Bangkok on Friday night still resonate. Only a tiny handful of police were on hand and the crowd, including the main democracy leaders, did not trouble them.

23 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Beauty battles Beast as Thais vote for first time since coup

Stark contrasts in candidates in first post-Thaksin election

It could be called Beauty and the Beast.

As 46.6 million Thais go to the polls today in the first election since a military coup drove prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from power, the contrast in choices is stark.

23 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

The not so golden oldies

They've become known in Bangkok as 'old power' - electoral veterans who have come back from the political dead for tomorrow's Thai general election. The phrase may have an Orwellian ring to it, but even the imagination of English novelist and political writer George Orwell would have struggled to capture the excesses of this particular bunch.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Democrat will see prophesy realised

In March last year, a senior Thai Democrat Party official outlined a decidedly undemocratic prospect.

A further four years of rule by then-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra would be more damaging to Thailand than a military coup and swift return to civilian rule.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

The long, green shadow

The C-word has been on everybody's lips as Thailand prepares for tomorrow's poll. Leading politicians and local and foreign insiders are weighing up the chances of another military coup, should the election not quite follow the script favoured by the ruling establishment.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Thai photographers stake out Mandarin for glimpse of Thaksin on election watch

The billionaire former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra (pictured with his coiffured wife Pojaman) - deposed in a coup last year and perhaps better known in the city these days as the owner of English Premier League team Manchester City - is in town to watch his home country's elections on Sunday.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Thaksin on campaign trail, in all but the flesh

It is all about Thaksin Shinawatra - that was the clear message as his political proxy Samak Sundaravej hit the campaign trail yesterday.

21 Dec 2007 - 12:00am