Tag: Thaksin Shinawatra
King Maha Vajiralongkorn stripped Thaksin Shinawatra of his royal decorations for fleeing the country in 2008 after he was ousted in a 2006 coup.
Last week's election has set the scene for protracted political deadlock because no one party won the majority of parliamentary seats required to rule.
Thaksin Shinawatra claims election irregularities in Thai elections to ensure the military junta remain their political grip.
The contest between these dominant forces is expected to play out again in Sunday’s election.
Unsettled foreign investors have already pulled out a net US$700 million from Thai stock and bond markets so far this year amid the political intrigue.
Pro-military parties have a built-in advantage under new electoral rules written by the junta.
Public gatherings took place across the country, including in the Chiang Mai hometown of divisive billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Thai Raksa Chart's move to bring in Princess Ubolratana for premier is a shocking move, bringing Thai royalty to frontline politics for the first time since the 1932 establishment of a constitutional monarchy.
Thai Raksa Chart party faces repercussions after attempting to field princess as their candidate for PM.
Veteran politician Sudarat, 57, is a longtime Thaksin ally who helped found his now-defunct Thai Rak Thai Party.
His sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, overthrown as prime minister in 2014, fled Thailand in August last year to avoid conviction in a criminal negligence case she said was politically motivated.
The Shinawatra clan - a wealthy and powerful family - has won every election since 2001 through populist platforms and welfare schemes that have angered Bangkok's military-aligned elite.
Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra have recently visited several Asian cities.
They say that monitoring those who have an arrest warrant is not under their jurisdiction and is the job of different agencies.
Thaksin Shinawatra told the members of the Pheu Thai Party that unity within the party would be vital during the next election.
The former telecommunications tycoon was ousted in a 2006 coup and has since lived in self-imposed exile to avoid a graft conviction in 2008 he says was politically motivated.
Supporters of the Shinawatras say the legal action is the latest step by authorities in junta-ruled Thailand to squeeze the Shinawatras out of political life and blunt the family’s influence.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-Cha, the army chief who led the coup, said Thailand would pursue Yingluck through diplomatic channels and police cooperation using Interpol.
Yingluck, whose government was toppled in a 2014 coup, pulled her vanishing act shortly before a Supreme Court verdict scheduled for August 25.
Critics are now asking how a person under close scrutiny by security forces could leave the country without being noticed.
Yingluck argued the rice scheme, which backfired costing Thailand US$8 billion, benefited average Thais.
Her supporters say the case is driven by the junta that booted her from office in 2014 and is determined to expunge her super-rich clan from Thailand's political scene.
Yingluck, whose government was ousted in a 2014 military coup, faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty of negligence over her role in the rice program.
Denying it was an act of political theatre, Thai junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha said tax officials "posted the summons at his house like they would in every other case."
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