It could be “so near yet so far” again for birthday boy

A Pheu Thai “landslide” is very likely, no matter how the party-list calculation fights end. In fact, despite the Thai Raksa Chart setback and failure to win a single party-list…

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Treacherous path of Paetongtarn

A Facebook post by an anti-government activist may have gone largely unnoticed but it asks a highly-relevant question: What does the political rise of Thaksin Shinawatra’s youngest daughter say about…

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Watana Muangsook joins long list of powerful Thai politicians jailed for corruption

Watana Muangsook has become the latest Thai political heavyweight to be jailed in a high-profile corruption case. On March 4, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders upheld…

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Thaksin hit by storm that could sink Thailand’s main opposition party

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is seen by most neutral observers as the de-facto leader and patriarch of opposition party Pheu Thai. But the party has always insisted it is…

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People hold red candles during a memorial for 15-year-old Warit Somnoi, a protester who has died two months after being shot during an anti-government rally, outside a police station in Bangkok on October 29, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Phra Kiew, Paetongtarn and reconciliation

In politics, a man’s good news is another man’s bad one. However, here’s doom and gloom for all: Long-lasting national peace will remain very remote no matter what happens from…

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Paetongtarn Shinawatra: the new heir of Thailand’s controversial political dynasty

After seven years out of government, the Shinawatra family appears to be keen on making a comeback. Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the youngest daughter of former prime minister Thaksin, made a surprise…

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File photo: Pheu Thai party at a press conference on October 19, 2021.

Will Pheu Thai’s shiny new image win it an ‘overwhelming’ victory?

Thailand’s main opposition party is undergoing a rebrand as it bids to return to power after seven years – five years under the post-coup junta and two years of this…

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File photo of Thaksin Shinawatra being interviewed by Agence France-presse in Hong Kong.

New “Thaksin’s wave” peculiar in its timing

Politics, whether it’s an extreme dictatorship, mild fascism, or full-blown democracy, is all about magnifying opponents’ faults and belittling your own in the full glare of the public. Motives are to…

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Has Thaksin finally found a way of returning to Thailand ‘through the front door’?

The one wish Thaksin Shinawatra made while blowing out 72 candles on his birthday cake on Monday (July 26) was to be able to return home. Thaksin was ousted in…

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Ex-PM Thaksin asks Thai people if they are better off 14 years since the putsch

Exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has asked the Thai people about their livelihoods today, 14 years since his government was overthrown in a coup d’état, staged by then Army…

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Thaksin gets 5 years for illegal shareholding and excise cut for mobile operators

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty, by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Posts, for…

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Thaksin crossing into new territories

That Thaksin Shinawatra will not hold his birthday party this year could have been dismissed as immaterial, but for the fact that there are other intriguing “signals” as well. The…

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(Photo) Thaksin Shinawatra Facebook page

Thaksin gets two years in prison over 2 and 3 digit lottery project

Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was today sentenced in absentia to two years in prison, without suspension, after he was found guilty, by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for…

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Thaksin given 3-year imprisonment for Exim Bank’s loan to Myanmar

The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Office has sentenced fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to three years in prison without suspension after finding him guilty of…

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Thaksin stripped of rank in defence volunteer force

Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been dealt yet another blow by being stripped by a  Royal Command of his rank in the territorial defence volunteer force. The proposal to…

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Thaksin shadow getting more intense in election homestretch

Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai founder Suthep Thaugsuban has only confirmed the inevitability of the Thai election. His demand that Thai voters make a choice between keeping Thaksin Shinawatra away from…

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Pheu Thai-led alliance in rearguard battle

Before sunset last Friday, the last day of electoral candidacy registration, the Pheu Thai-led alliance was totally upbeat. Its realistic chances of beating its enemies and take post-election power had…

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14 Pheu Chart candidates change  names to “Thaksin” and “Yingluck”

At least, 14 candidates of the pro-Thaksin Pheu Chart party have changed their names to “Thaksin” for the men and “Yingluck” for the women when they applied for registration on…

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Thaksin will have to run for the rest of his life: Gen Prawit

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will have to be a fugitive for his entire life because the statute of limitations of all the legal cases pending against him in court…

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EC responsible for probing Thaksin’s alleged interference in Phue Thai: PM Prayut

Only the Election Commission can decide whether ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s influence on Pheu Thai Party is against the election law or not, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. He…

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Seeing Thaksin overseas is no problem: Dr Wissanu

There is nothing legally wrong with Pheu Thai party members flying abroad to meet with former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, said Deputy Prime Mister Wissanu Krea-ngarm. In response to reporters’…

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