Thaksin Talks to Bloomberg about Yingluck, the Amnesty Bill, and Lèse-Majesté

Bloomberg interviewed Thailand’s former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and has run two stories that are worth a look. The pieces are here: Former Thai Premier Thaksin Shinawatra said his sister’s government will avoid conflicts like those that led to his ouster in a 2006 coup, even as it presses ahead with efforts to curb the […]

Thailand Police Chief Visits Thaksin in Hong Kong

Here’s a reminder — as if any were needed — of how influential (and controversial) Thaksin Shinawatra remains here in Thailand. Apparently national police chief Priewpan Damapong recently paid a visit to the exiled former prime minister in Hong Kong. Priewpan was reportedly on holiday and wanted to visit Thaksin — his ex-brother-in-law — on […]

Economist on Thaksin and Hun Sen

Following my recent post on Thaksin’s Songkran rally next door in Cambodia, I wanted to point out a related Economist piece. The story examines the exiled former Thai prime minister’s relationship with Cambodia’s PM, Hun Sen: As much as the rally was a testament to Mr Thaksin’s popularity, it was perhaps even more a reflection […]

Thaksin: I’ll Return ‘in the Next 3 to 4 Months’

Will former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra end his self-imposed exile and return to Thailand? The AP reports that Thaksin, on a visit to Cambodia, said his homecoming isn’t far off: Exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra celebrated Thailand’s most important holiday in neighbouring Cambodia this weekend, telling thousands of fervent supporters who crossed the border […]

Thaksin Tells Bloomberg He Thinks He’ll Return to Thailand This Year

The video is here. UPDATE: There’s also a Bloomberg text story to go along with the interview. It says: Thaksin Shinawatra, deposed as Thai premier in a 2006 coup, said his sister’s seven-month-old government will avoid the same fate due to her good ties with the army and expressed hope he’d return from exile this […]

Thaksin to Get Thai Passport Back?

Reuters reports today: Thailand’s self-exiled, fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra could be reissued his Thai passport within weeks as a “New Year present” from the government, the country’s foreign minister said on Friday. Thaksin, who lives in Dubai to avoid jail in Thailand, should be granted a regular Thai passport because no court order […]

No pardon plan for Thaksin, government says

The death toll from Thailand’s record flooding has risen above 600, the government says. But both the Bangkok Post and The Nation newspapers are leading with non-flooding news this Monday morning. The government had reportedly been attempting to arrange a royal pardon for controversial former prime minister Thaksin. But the headlines today tell us that […]

WSJ on Thaksin, Yingluck, and the military

Today’s WSJ reports on what exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been up to of late. The story touches on Thaksin’s recent travels, Yingluck, and the administration’s relationship with the military: BANGKOK—Former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra is taking a more visible role in Thailand and across Asia, stirring renewed tensions between the country’s powerful […]

Bangkok Post citing Xinhua: Thaksin to arrive in Cambodia Sept. 16

Today’s Bangkok Post says: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will begin a visit to Cambodia on Sept 16 to attend the Asian Economic Forum Conference, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported on its website. Hun Sen said Thaksin’s visit was scheduled before the official visit of Prime Minister Yingluck […]