Thailand’s former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Photo: AFP

Shinawatra proxies set their sights on Thailand’s economy after failed bid to enlist Princess Ubolratana

  • Thaksin’s alliance with the princess appeared designed to challenge junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha
  • The move has backfired: the king blocked her candidacy and Thaksin’s opponents are energised
Topic |   Thai elections

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Thailand’s former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Photo: AFP
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Panthongtae, or “Oak”, Thaksin’s 39-year-old only son, is the latest Shinawatra to be standing for election. Photo: AFP

Thai election: can Shinawatras keep it in the family, again?

  • It’s nearly voting time in Thailand (if the junta doesn’t blink) and that means just one thing: Shinawatra family members seeking election
  • But not everyone is convinced the family that’s won every election since 2001 has the pulling power it once did
Topic |   Thailand

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Panthongtae, or “Oak”, Thaksin’s 39-year-old only son, is the latest Shinawatra to be standing for election. Photo: AFP
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