Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has dominated Thai politics for decades. Photo: Reuters
Karim Raslan
Opinion

Opinion

Ceritalah by Karim Raslan

As Thailand’s young look to the future, does Thaksin Shinawatra still matter?

  • One man has dominated Thai politics for decades and it's not King Vajiralongkorn – it’s the billionaire turned leader in exile Thaksin Shinawatra.
  • But as a new generation emerges, so too has a new father figure for them to turn to – Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. You can call him ‘dad’

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Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has dominated Thai politics for decades. Photo: Reuters
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A supporter of Pheu Thai Party wearing a T-shirt of former prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and Yingluck Shinawatra. Photo: AP

Thailand delays rice bill due to farmers’ objections. Will it open the door for the Shinawatras?

  • March 24 elections will be the first since 2011, heralding a return to democracy after a military junta took power in 2014
  • Support in Thailand’s rural northeast was central to Shinawatras’ electoral success, relying heavily on subsidies to rice farmers
Topic |   Thai elections

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A supporter of Pheu Thai Party wearing a T-shirt of former prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and Yingluck Shinawatra. Photo: AP
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