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Thaksin Shinawatra is a Thai billionaire politician and businessman who was Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006, when he was deposed in a military coup.
In 2008, Thaksin was found guilty in a Thai court of corruption and sentenced in absentia to two years imprisonment. As of today, he has yet to serve the sentence, and remains a fugitive. Thaksin briefly owned Manchester City Football Club from 2007 to 2008. Following a prolonged series of violent political protests in Bangkok from March to May 2010, in which 88 people died, the Thai courts issued a warrant for the arrest of Thaksin on terrorism charges.
Thaksin entered politics in 1994 under Phalang Dharma Party, left the party with many of its MPs in 1996, in effect eviscerating it, and founded the populist Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party in 1998. After a historic election victory in 2001, he became prime minister, the country's first to serve a full term. Thaksin introduced a range of partly effective policies to alleviate rural poverty; highly popular, they helped reduce poverty by half in four years. He launched the country's first ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Thai junta to hold largest 'happiness fair' in latest PR push
2014-07-08
Thailand has been split for nearly a decade. On the one side are the mostly rural supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. On the other side are Bangkok's middle class backed by the royalist establishment who accuse Thaksin of, among other ...
(Reuters)
  1. NCPO must avoid return of patronage
  2. Deep fissures beneath Thai coups and politics
  3. Democracy is a process that takes time

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Reform should have occurred in 2006
2014-07-06
The mould of Thai politics was broken by Thaksin Shinawatra, who exploited the fact that the vast majority of people are poor and almost completely ignored by the system. Making their lives better was a good and kind action, had the change been made on ...
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    Real reason why Veera was released
    2014-07-06
    They came back happy that the Cambodian prime minister had switched his backing away from the red shirts and his friend, Thaksin Shinawatra. But that's only partly correct. Hun Sen knows Thai politics only too well. The Cambodian strongman calculates ...
    (Bangkok Post)

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      The Bayonet Trumps The Ballot in Thailand
      2014-07-04
      The source of the current political problems may be traced to the January 2001 general election, widely regarded as free and fair, when the Thai Rak Thai Party, led by Thaksin Shinawatra, won defeating the incumbent Democrats. After a four-year term ...
      (IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters)
      1. Thai court sentences first...
      2. Thai court sentences first anti-coup protester under junta rule

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      Political Outlook - Migrant Worker Exodus Should Be Short Lived - AUG 2014
      2014-07-04
      Exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has close ties with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, having once served as an economic advisor to him. Additionally, Suthep Thaugsuban, who led the recent street protests against the pro-Thaksin ...
      (Asia Monitor (subscription))

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        Thai anti-coup leader released on bail
        2014-07-02
        Sombat, the leader of a faction of the "Red Shirts" movement that broadly supports fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, refused to turn himself in, posting a message on Facebook saying: "Catch me if you can". While on the run he urged followers ...
        (Yahoo!7 News)
        1. Thai anti-coup activist who led 'Hunger Games' inspired protests is freed on bail

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        Marcos, Suharto, and then Thaksin?
        2014-07-02
        BANGKOK, Thailand – First there was the Philippines' dictator Ferdinand Marcos, then Indonesia's Suharto, followed by Thailand's former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Those familiar with Southeast Asia's recent history might scratch their heads and ...
        (Rappler)
        1. Enemies of the Coup: Fugitives of the Thai Junta
        2. West needs to exert more pressure on Thai junta
        3. Thailand's Military Planned Reforms May Affect Upstream Sector

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        Cambodia frees activist as ties warm with Thai junta
        2014-07-01
        The gesture appears to be an abrupt change in stance by Hun Sen, a shrewd, veteran politician who caused a stir in 2009 when he offered asylum to Thaksin Shinawatra, a fugitive former Thai premier, whose sister Yingluck Shinawatra led the government ...
        (Reuters)
        1. Cambodian king pardons jailed Thai 'spy'
        2. Cambodia frees Thai who claimed border territory
        3. Thai ultranationalist freed after imprisonment in Cambodia

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        What is lurking in the jungle?
        2014-07-01
        Politics nevertheless remained largely a game played out between rival sections of the Bangkok elite until the 2001 election, when Thaksin Shinawatra, a self-made telecoms billionaire from humble origins, won a landslide victory. Thaksin's government ...
        (Citizen)
        1. Junta begins overhaul of electoral system
        2. US: Reconciliation in Thailand will not come about through fear of repression
        3. The Thai military coup and the Thai economy

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