Thaksin Shinawatra

A return to a more democratic Thailand?

On Sunday, Thais are due to vote for a civilian government to replace the military dictatorship which came to power following a bloodless coup in September last year.

Friday, 21 December, 2007, 12:00am

Thaksin haunts democracy party

Bangkok and the rest of Thailand are awash with yellow, the royal colour, to celebrate the 80th birthday of the country's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej next Wednesday.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

don't follow the leader

1 In 2000, former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori faxed his resignation home from which country?

2 In March 2006, which prime minister caused the mainland offence by saying: 'In the China of Mao, they did not eat children, but had them boiled to fertilise the fields'?

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Putsch and shove

When Thai army tanks rolled through the streets of Bangkok a year ago today to oust prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, it marked the first coup in more than 15 years.

The overthrow may have been bloodless, but it was an event many thought would never happen again in a country once plagued by the dark art of the coup.

19 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Disdainful Thais ponder 'lost year'

A year ago the world watched dumbfounded as Thais gave flowers, food and even hugs to troops who, the night before, had rolled into Bangkok. With a nod and a wink from palace courtiers, on September 19 generals moved against Thaksin Shinawatra, the controversial prime minister who was then visiting America.

19 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Military conflict

Thailand's military junta was pointing a loaded gun at the people when they voted, in last Sunday's referendum, to approve the new constitution created to justify the toppling of billionaire prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra a year ago. The choice was: accept the constitution and have elections, or face another unknown constitution of the junta's choosing.

25 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Thailand's political woes far from over

Charter vote clears way for post-coup polls - and likely resurgence of elitist government

Thailand took a first step yesterday on the road to a post-coup future. However, the constitution passed in Thailand's first national referendum makes for a difficult and unstable path ahead.

20 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Thai democracy still a distant dream

Thais have spoken and approved the constitution drawn up by the military junta to justify its political role. The decision is lamentable, but unsurprising; the promise of a general election sooner rather than later at least gave an opportunity to return a measure of democracy to a nation that longs for, but has tasted so little of, such freedom.

20 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

'Years of excitement' ahead for Thai politics

It will not be a matter of months, but years. That is the message across a range of political elites in Thailand as they take stock of the challenges confronting the country after the era of billionaire leader Thaksin Shinawatra and the coup that drove him from power.

28 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Calm or chaos - charter vote will decide

How events unfold in Thailand over the next few months will be determined largely by the outcome of its first national referendum on August 19, analysts believe.

If Thais accept the controversial draft constitution prepared under the watch of the military junta, a relatively smooth run-up to elections is expected, paving the way for a return to democratic and civilian rule.

27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Election poses ultimate test for Thai Democrats

The leaders of the Democrat Party took the gamble of their political lives when they boycotted last year's snap election called by then-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The next few months will tell if the risk has paid off.

26 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Thaksin's shadow still looms large in post-coup politics

Thaksin Shinawatra may be busy preparing his Manchester City Football Club for a new Premiership season, but he also remains a key factor in a tougher arena also about to kick off - Thai politics.

Violence involving pro-Thaksin supporters at a Bangkok rally on Sunday marked the first significant trouble since the military coup ended his almost six-year rule last September.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Junta needs to focus on goal of stable democracy

Ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra insists the fans of Manchester City have taken him to their hearts after his purchase of the English Premiership soccer club. Fans even call him 'Frank', he said in Hong Kong yesterday, explaining that in their struggles to pronounce his family name they prefer to call him Sinatra instead.

8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Fancl agent's HK$210.8m outlay for Peak house a record for Asia

A house at the Severn 8 luxury residential project on the Peak, developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties, has been sold to the owners of cosmetic brand Fancl's import agent at a record high price for residential property in Asia.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Final whistle on Thaksin's return?

How times change. Only a few months ago the junta in Bangkok was clear that no good could come if Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister toppled in last September's coup, ended his exile in London. Thaksin, seemingly playing on the generals' insecurity, often hinted his return was not far off.

6 Jul 2007 - 12:00am