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  BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | What next for Thaksin Shinawatra?
Thaksin Shinawatra smiled for the cameras when he landed in the UK For a man so unused to defeat, Thailand's ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra must be bewildered by how quickly he lost power.
Mr Thaksin has a property in London, and a daughter studying in the British capital, but it is thought he may only remain in the city for a few more days.
The sale of Mr Thaksin's stake in the telecoms firm he founded, Shin Corp, to Singapore investors at the beginning of the year led to the current political crisis.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/asia-pacific/5362720.stm   (625 words)

  
  Thai court to hear Thaksin graft case - Boston.com
Thaksin, who has lived overseas since his government was toppled in a coup last September, already has ignored previous orders from police to appear in Thailand to face corruption allegations, and his Bangkok attorney said he would not appear at Supreme Court hearing either.
Thaksin is charged with corruption, conflict of interest and dereliction of duty for personal gain in the case, involving a plot of land in central Bangkok valued at $24.5 million.
Thaksin, who became a billionaire in the telecommunications sector before entering politics and serving as prime minister from 2001 to 2006, was overthrown after demonstrations calling for him to step down because of alleged corruption and abuse of power.
www.boston.com /news/world/asia/articles/2007/07/10/thai_court_to_hear_thaksin_graft_case   (613 words)

  
  A Tug of War for Thailand’s Soul -- September 2006
Thaksin may have agreed to set up a National Reconciliation Commission (headed by Anand Panyarachun, who was appointed prime minister twice by the king) charged with devising a plan to bring long-term peace to the south, but he also promptly sidelined the body and largely ignored its recommendations.
Thaksin believes that, if he manages to survive the challenges to his leadership, he might live to see the day when Thailand—under a new king (or queen)—might be a different place where the influence of the monarch is not as pervasive.
Thaksin needs the tacit approval of the king if his period in office is not to become stymied by ongoing calls for his resignation from the pad and its supporters.
www.feer.com /articles1/2006/0609/free/p023.html   (2595 words)

  
  Thaksinomics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An important component of Thaksin's economic policies are the proposed "mega-projects", which involve investing over $50 billion in public works, including roads, public transit, and a new international airport.
Thaksin's supporters argue that the economic slowdown is largely a result of the Great Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 26, 2004 and rising oil prices.
Thaksin was forced into an embarrassing retreat in July 2005 when the ballooning trade deficit and skyrocketing fiscal burden caused the government to abandon its diesel price subsidy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Thaksinomics   (915 words)

  
 The Downfall of Thaksin Shinawatra's CEO-state
The overthrow of the elected Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra by a military coup on 19 September 2006 was therefore condemned by Western leaders.
Thaksin's government claimed that since the declaration of the state of emergency, the situation in the south was under control.
Thaksin was a Thai variant of a type recognisable in the history of other countries - the tycoon capitalist emerging during the transformation of a pre-industrial world of small business into today's world of large corporations and conglomerates.
www.nautilus.org /~rmit/forum-reports/0634a-rowley.html   (10440 words)

  
 Bangkok Post: General Election 2001
Thaksin Shinawatra (pronounced "Chin-a-what") was born on July 26, 1949 in Chiang Mai, where the family silk business has been successful for over fifty years and has expanded into a bus line and movie theatres.
In 1990 when Thaksin made a successful bid for a 20-year concession from the Telephone Organization of Thailand he was almost broke, as reported by Post reporters, but still had the daring to offer the TOT 20 billion baht in concession fees to garner the contract.
Thaksin is married to Potjaman (Damapong) and the couple has three children: a son,Parthongtae, and two daughters, Praethongtarn and Pintongta.
www.bangkokpost.com /election2001/thaksinprofile.html   (640 words)

  
 Party professionals - The Boston Globe
Thaksin had gradually alienated Bangkok's professional classes through repressive policies and favoritism towards his own businesses, and he faced public outrage over the $1.9 billion sale of his family's telecommunications company to a Singaporean conglomerate in January.
Thaksin brilliantly combined his nonideological, pro-business CEO image with nationalist resentment of the International Monetary Fund and with populist programs for the rural poor, including debt forgiveness, village development grants, and a national health insurance plan costing just 30 baht (75 cents) per year.
Thaksin's wealth and business holdings, like Berlusconi's, can be a political liability: Both men have been dogged by charges of illegal business deals since their political careers began.
www.boston.com /news/globe/ideas/articles/2006/03/26/party_professionals/?page=full   (1449 words)

  
 Thaksin wants to return, advised not for now
Thaksin, who was ousted in a bloodless military coup, arrived in Britain on Wednesday for a private visit, airport officials said.
Thaksin said in an interview broadcast on iTV on Monday that he would not be returning to Thailand in the near future.
Thaksin's return would likely trigger situations that could get out of hand and this in turn would prompt the authorities to restrict his movement, Chalermchai said.
www.chinadaily.com.cn /world/2006-10/17/content_710250.htm   (899 words)

  
 Thaksin Shinawatra: the end of the affair Jan McGirk - openDemocracy   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Thaksin's critics — who will become even more numerous now that his days in office are numbered — argue that his executive hubris and greed are to blame for his downfall.
Thaksin confessed amazement when he heard the opposition Democrat Party, in the shape of its baby-faced leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, appeal for royal intervention — even though the message had been bandied about at demonstrations for half a year.
Thaksin said he was "appalled" by the wanton destruction, and ordered that it be restored as soon as possible, incorporating any remaining shards.
www.opendemocracy.net /democracy-protest/thaksin_3420.jsp   (1784 words)

  
 Rise and Fall of Thailand's CEO Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra | Asian American Daily | GoldSea   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A week before the 2001 election, Thaksin was charged with concealing assets in his telecommunications empire by transferring shares to relatives, his chauffeur, maid and others.
Thaksin's family sold its stake in Shin to Singapore's state investment company, Temasek Holdings, for 73.3 billion baht (US$1.9 billion), and found loopholes to avoid paying any tax on the sale.
Thaksin called snap elections to win a new mandate from voters, who polls showed still mostly supported him, but opposition parties refused to take part, leaving the prime minister with virtually all seats in Parliament.
goldsea.com /Asiagate/604/04shinawatra.html   (474 words)

  
 Thai PM Thaksin Steps Down but Remains Controversial
Thaksin Shinawatra announced, in a subdued tone, Tuesday that he was resigning as prime minister, saying the time had come for unity and national reconciliation.
Thaksin Shinawatra was born on July 26, 1949, into a family of silk merchants originally from southern China.
Thaksin said he would stay on as head of his party and he left open the possibility of rejoining the political fray after some time outside Thai politics.
voanews.com /english/2006-04-05-voa30.cfm   (643 words)

  
 2Bangkok.com - Thaksin Dictionary
Thaksin Shinawatra has been very successful in using creative and attention-grabbing vocabulary to focus public opinion.
The statement of the year for 2003 was made by PM Thaksin Shinawatra who shocked people all around the country by using this statement to answer reporters who asked about the Human Rights Office of the UN.
Source: Thaksin said this when he was upset with reporters who thronged to interview him about the killing the 'mass of drug dealers.' (in Thai the special phrase for this is ka tad ton meaning to kill someone before they reveal your secrets or to silence them.
www.2bangkok.com /2bangkok/thaimediaproject/thaksindict.shtml   (1512 words)

  
 CNN.com - Thaksin 'rests,' deputy takes over - Apr 5, 2006
Although official results are still not confirmed, Thaksin's party is expected to hold a majority when the new parliament convenes in early May and as such will be empowered to name a permanent prime minister.
For critics of Thaksin, this was more evidence of corruption in high places, triggering the weeks of street protests that have blocked up the capital Bangkok, and taken an economic toll on the markets and the baht.
Thaksin's exit under popular pressure was the second for a Thai leader in the past decade and a half, but this time it came about without bloodshed.
www.cnn.com /2006/WORLD/asiapcf/04/05/thaksin.future/index.html   (679 words)

  
 Thaksin out of the saddle, but holding the reins - World - smh.com.au
TWO frontrunners have emerged to replace Thaksin Shinawatra as prime minister of Thailand after his stunning decision to step aside, as the opposition mulled the quality of its victory.
Mr Thaksin yesterday told the cabinet he was taking leave, handing over interim power to the Deputy Prime Minister, Chidchai Vanasatidya, to work on his behalf during his absence.
Thaksin's lack of legitimacy remains; he has not answered the charges of corruption, constitutional violations, abuse of power.
www.smh.com.au /news/world/thaksin-out-of-the-saddle-but-holding-the-reins/2006/04/05/1143916594751.html   (609 words)

  
 Asia Sentinel - Thaksin in the Dock
Thaksin Shinawatra lost power to street protests in the spring, but made a surprising comeback.
Thaksin would retain his MP seat and could choose to become a Lee Kuan Yew-type figure; his enormous wealth and personal popularity still hold the party together and ensure him a major say in any key decisions.
Thaksin could then choose whether to return as PM in a year or so, or simply pull the strings from behind the scenes.
asiasentinel.com /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82&Itemid=31   (2284 words)

  
 Thaksin Shinawatra's Thai Rak Thai: Nothing succeeds like success
That Thaksin Shinawatra's Thai Rak Thai party claimed the largest electoral victory in Thailand in recent times, despite a previous administration that in 3 short years oversaw a steady recovery of the Thailand economy, and despite Thaksin's impending Constitutional Court review of a National Counter Corruption Commission graft indictment, should come as no surprise.
Thaksin also cleverly exploited nationalist sentiment in the wake of IMF intervention post crisis and the increasing foreign ownership of Thai companies, especially in the backing and finance sector.
Thaksin also appealed to the considerably wealthier Bangkok, with a panache in campaigning contrasting to the "boring and traditional" Democrat campaign and diaplaying a penchant for throwing around cash that Bangkok yuppies, bored with declining incomes and looking for a saviour - could not resist.
www.apmforum.com /news/ap070101.htm   (1676 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Thailand's Thaksin rides crest of tsunami disaster   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Before Dec. 26, Thaksin had been losing ground to opponents who charged that his heavy-handed rule threatened Thailand's young democracy; that he needlessly inflamed a Muslim insurgency in the south; that his populist economic policies are risky and unsustainable; and that he has adopted policies that enrich his friends and his own business empire.
Thaksin's party has a chance to emerge from Sunday's vote with an absolute majority in the legislature, a first in Thailand's 12 years of democracy.
Thaksin's critics say the campaign against Supinya is part of an attempt to silence opposing voices.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-02-03-thailand-pm_x.htm   (1363 words)

  
 TIMEasia Magazine: Can Thaksin Lead Southeast Asia?
Thaksin quickly discovered that regional leadership involves more than gala dinners and royal barge ceremonies: the trust and confidence of the international community have to be earned, rather than bought.
Thaksin's handling of the political violence in Thailand's predominantly Muslim provinces is his Achilles' heel.
If Thaksin really aspires to be a regional leader, he must first act boldly to demilitarize Thailand's south and broker a hitherto unthinkable political solution—possibly some form of autonomy for the three southern provinces.
www.time.com /time/asia/2005/thai_thaksin/viewpoint.html   (849 words)

  
 Thailand: An Annoying Neighbor - Newsweek: International Editions - MSNBC.com
Thaksin's cockiness—as much as the fact that his ruling Thai Rak Thai Party had, in fact, scored the biggest election victory in the country's history, winning more than 350 out of 500 seats—was more than his opponents could bear.
Perceptions that Thaksin is jockeying to become the leader of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (his aides deny it) have especially irked Indonesia—which, as the world's fourth largest nation, is unofficially seen as the body's dominant force.
Thaksin, rightly or wrongly, was portrayed as being the junta's chief apologist, and more concerned with his family conglomerate's business interests in Burma than with democracy.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/6960131/site/newsweek   (1237 words)

  
 Al Jazeera English - News - Thaksin 'Quitting Politics'   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai prime minister ousted in a coup in September, has quit politics, his lawyer has said.
But Noppadon said Thaksin, who won elections on the back of massive rural support but was accused by the military of rampant corruption, would not return home soon.
Thaksin's daughter, Pintongta, is scheduled to testify on Friday.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/1BBAE761-E9D7-4C28-BE20-93F9CDCE450B.htm   (361 words)

  
 Foreign Affairs - Toxic Thaksin - Duncan McCargo
Thaksin's primary offense--which overshadowed even questions about his ethics, his management of the country, his commitment to democracy, and his divisive leadership style--was that he had consistently refused to defer to the palace.
Thaksin himself rose to political prominence as a direct consequence of events precipitated by Thailand's last coup, in February 1991, against Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan.
Thaksin had crossed a line, many were starting to believe, by asking the monarch to sign off on key appointments without consulting him.
www.foreignaffairs.org /20060927facomment85575/duncan-mccargo/toxic-thaksin.html   (928 words)

  
 Scoop: Thailand Not A Happy Place For Thaksin Shinawatra
Thaksin's enemies lament he intentionally dodged taxes when his family's Bangkok-based telecommunications empire was sold in January 2006 to the Singapore government's investment wing, Temasek Holdings.
Thaksin said he is victim of a "smear campaign" by an undemocratic "mob rule".
Thaksin, a former police officer, received a Master's degree in Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University, and a PhD in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Texas.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/HL0603/S00006.htm   (1433 words)

  
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Thaksin Shinawatra (Thai: ทักษิณ ชินวัตร, IPA: [tʰáksǐn tɕʰinnawát] (help·info); born July 26, 1949), Thai politician, disputed prime minister of Thailand and the leader of the populist Thai Rak Thai party.
In a subsequent purge of PDP Cabinet ministers, Thaksin was appointed Foreign Minister in December 1994 as a non-MP minister.
Thaksin's 30-baht/visit universal healthcare program won the applause of the general public but was strongly criticized by doctors and officials.[34][35] Prior to the scheme's introduction, a large portion of the population had no health insurance and limited access to healthcare.
www.drunkisbetter.com /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=97&Itemid=1   (5401 words)

  
 New Mandala » Thaksin on CNN
Thaksin’s interview with CNN is available here (but don’t tell the junta you are watching!).
Thaksin was in New York attending UN meetings when the CNS deposed his government in a bloodless coup last September 19.
Thaksin Shinawatra has said many many times that he is willing to return to Thailand to face the charges.
rspas.anu.edu.au /rmap/newmandala/2007/01/16/thaksin-on-cnn   (1264 words)

  
 Al Jazeera English - News - Thaksin: Hero Or Demon?
The generals who overthrew him in a coup last September blame Thaksin for nearly all of Thailand's problems - from the bloody fighting in the south and the New Year's Eve bombings in Bangkok to the cracks in the runway at Bangkok's new airport.
When Al Jazeera's David Hawkins travelled to Thaksin's political heartland in Thailand's north to see how much support remains for the former prime minister amongst the rural poor who voted him into power, the results were surprising.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Thaksin said he would still be prepared to help the country's army chiefs restore democracy.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/6632B5ED-7156-41FE-9B28-54DA7775EF02.htm   (535 words)

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