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  • January 27, 2015

    US: Impeachment 'politically driven'

    ... Yingluck in the meeting with Russel, said "we told the US official that Yingluck's political fate will not be different from that of her brother Thaksin Shinawatra". Self-exiled Thaksin was toppled by a coup in 2006 and fled from prosecution over corruption charges. Russel is the highest-ranking US official to...

    Politics
  • January 27, 2015

    Yingluck can travel if a court permits it, Prayut says; Panthongtae gets warning

    ... had contacted him since the impeachment, Prayut said no. Meanwhile, Udomdej was asked if what Panthongtae Shinawatra, son of former premier Thaksin, wrote on his Facebook page after the impeachment last Friday was tantamount to stirring up political opposition. The Army chief said he would like Panthongtae...

    Politics
  • January 27, 2015

    Why did it take a coup

    ... a government's popularity surges, we get blank TV screens and patriotic songs. The same thing happened to the governments of Chatchai Chonhavan and Thaksin Shinawatra. Meanwhile, let's make a law that requires chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and police to take an oath to preserve, protect and defend...

    Opinion
  • January 26, 2015

    Former Thai premier's son cautioned by army chief

    ... from corruption allegations. The impeachment is seen by many as part of efforts by the Thai military to eradicate the influence of her brother Thaksin from the country.Yingluck was removed from office in May 2014 by the Constitutional Court after months of street demonstrations, including by farmers who...

    Politics
  • January 25, 2015

    Members in the dark on future of Pheu Thai

    ... of Yingluck on Friday. Pheu Thai's success in the July 2011 general election could be largely attributed to its links with former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted from power by a coup in 2006 but saw his influence rise when his youngest sister won power with the slogan "Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai delivers...

    Politics
  • January 24, 2015

    Thailand remains on treacherous grounds

    ... its consequences will be are all part of a national conflict over which should come first - unobstructed democracy or corruption-free politics. Thaksin Shinawatra let his then-spouse buy a government-auctioned property. His sister Yingluck supervised a rice price-pledging scheme that triggered a storm...

    Opinion
  • January 24, 2015

    Double blow for Yingluck

    ... Wiang Worachet said. Polpoom Wipatpoomiprathet, another former Pheu Thai MP, said that the verdict was part of a move aimed at "eliminating" the Thaksin regime, in reference to the political establishment led by ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Many Yingluck supporters, including red-shirt leaders close to Pheu...

    Politics
  • January 24, 2015

    Vote to ban Yingluck heats up social media

    ... corruption. It was not methamphetamine, so someone could not sneakily put it in your pocket before charging you." While there was no movement from Thaksin Shinawatra's Twitter account @ThaksinLive, his daughter Paetongtarn @ingshin21 posted on Instagram: "It's not the first time, used to this pain already...

    Politics
  • January 23, 2015

    InTouch closes down Matchbox

    ... revenue target amid high competition in the industry. InTouch, formerly known as Shin Corp, was founded by the family of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Its businesses range from mobile phone services to satellite services and media services. Matchbox reportedly played a key role in the...

    Business
  • January 23, 2015

    Judgement day

    ... of South East Asian Affairs. "Ultimately, no matter which way the NLA votes, it will create dissension against the NCPO by either pro- or anti-Thaksin elements of Thai society," he said, referring to former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Support from at least three-fifths of the 220-member NLA, or 132 votes, is required...

    Politics