Thaksin Shinawatra

Turbulent takeoff

Well, surprise, surprise, and knock me down with a feather. It appears that Suvarnabhumi airport opened too soon, and may now face partial closure for extensive repairs.

Friday, 29 December, 2006, 12:00am

Future uncertain after year of sudden surprises

Across Asia, 2006 has been a year of shattered assumptions.

It will go down as the year North Korea got the bomb, Thailand had the coup it was never supposed to have and Sri Lanka's ceasefire brought war, not peace.

The impact - particularly of Kim Jong-il's nuclear test - is likely to be felt for years.

27 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Counting the deadly cost

Ulong Saepan was sitting in the back of his neighbour's truck heading home on a mountain trail when the driver slowed down to check why a thin rope was stretched across the road.

14 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Cash crunch for media tycoon who led Thaksin protests

PM's pressure on banks is staunching credit, claims publisher

The outspoken publisher who organised a string of massive street protests in Bangkok this year against embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has hit a financial crunch that may shut his English-language newspaper.

16 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Thaksin deputy resigns as pressure builds

A second cabinet member has resigned from the caretaker administration led by Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, adding to his political woes as he faces a legal probe into bribery allegations.

23 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Thaksin and rivals set for new showdown

As the royal celebrations wind down, the opposition vows to unseat the PM

Embattled Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been telling friends privately that his astrologer believes his luck will turn after October 15.

14 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Learn from Thaksin's success: opposition

A senior Thai Democrat has warned that his party must learn hard political lessons from the success of Thaksin Shinawatra if they are to have any electoral chance against the prime minister.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Fresh Thai polls must be fair and credible

Thailand's constitutional court has made the right decision by the nation in invalidating last month's election and it is now up to politicians to ensure a new parliament is chosen fairly. This is just the beginning of the end of the political crisis, however, and all involved in fresh polls have to tread with the utmost care.

9 May 2006 - 12:00am

Economy bears the cost as moral crusaders claim another scalp

FUNDAMENTALIST ETHICS and economics are a strange mix and, seasoned with politics, can become a heady, if not debilitating, brew.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Man with a plan

April is Bangkok's hottest month. Waves of heat rise from the pavements as thunderheads tower above the capital in late afternoon, threatening but not delivering cooling rain. This week the first of the rains came early. But it was not enough to wash away the political tension as billionaire entrepreneur Thaksin Shinawatra stepped down after five years as prime minister.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Who has the right stuff?

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra seems to have changed his mind, in recent days, about whether he has what it takes to be the country's leader. After winning elections he called three years early - boycotted by the main opposition parties - he is unsure whether to retain the job, do it some of the time or quit.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Chastened billionaire has bowed out but not left the stage

The battle is over but the war may have just begun.

As the dust settled after two days considered extraordinary even by the standard of Thai politics, the consensus emerging in Bangkok this week was that outgoing Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had not been defeated.

6 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Loyalists aplenty among contenders

Party veterans top the list from which Thaksin's successor may be chosen

Possible long-term contenders to replace Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra are all veterans of his Thai Rak Thai party and loyal lieutenants during his five-year rule.

6 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Relief but suspicion as Thaksin steps down

Democrats fear the Thai Rak Thai leader will still have the chance to install his cronies in the new parliament

Celebrations were tinged with uncertainty last night as the announcement of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's impending departure reached the headquarters of his political nemesis, the Democrat Party.

5 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Thaksin makes right move to end crisis

The surprise decision by Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to step down as leader should pave the way for a much-needed resolution to the country's political crisis.

His announcement to the media last night, following a meeting with Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, marks a victory for the opposition campaign which has been gaining momentum in recent weeks.

5 Apr 2006 - 12:00am