THAKSIN SHINAWATRA

  • Thai army chief summons ousted PM for talks a day after coup May 23, 2014

    Bangkok: Thailand's army chief, General Prayuth Chanocha, will begin to govern a polarised country on Friday, a day after he seized power in a bloodless coup in a bid to end six months of turmoil. Prayuth launched his coup after factions refused to give ground in a struggle for power...
  • Thailand's army declares martial law, says not a coup May 20, 2014

    Bangkok: Thailand's army declared martial law on Tuesday to restore order after six months of antigovernment protests that have left the country without a proper functioning government, but denied that it was staging a military coup. The caretaker government led by supporters of selfexiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra was still in...
  • Thai protesters rally to 'sweep' away Thaksin regime May 9, 2014

    Thousands of royalist protesters fanned out across Thailand's capital on Friday to try to bring down a caretaker government after a court threw Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office and an antigraft agency indicted her for negligence. The interim government is hoping to organize a July 20 election that it...
  • Thai government to lift Bangkok emergency as tension eases March 18, 2014

    Thailand's government is to lift a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces two months after imposing it to curb anti-government protests, as the security situation has improved due to the dwindling number of demonstrators. The protesters, mainly from Bangkok and the south, have been trying since early November to...
  • Thai anti-govt protesters target PM again despite hint of talks February 28, 2014

    Protesters in Thailand said they will rally at ministries and companies linked to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, keeping up pressure on her to resign despite a vague proposal of talks from their leader. The protesters have blocked big intersections in the capital, Bangkok, since mid-January and forced many ministries...
  • Gunfire by night becomes new norm in downtown Bangkok February 26, 2014

    Shots fired by unknown gunmen on Wednesday rattled parts of the Thai capital where anti-government protesters have set up camp for weeks, with small but occasionally deadly bombs and gunfire fast becoming the new norm in the city. No one was wounded in the shootings in the central commercial area of...
  • Thailand: Explosion, gunfire ring out near anti-government protest site February 25, 2014

    An explosion and gunfire rang out near a sprawling anti-government protest site in the Thai capital early on Tuesday after the protesters' leader warned that government supporters were planning to bring armed militants to Bangkok. Weeks of unrest, in which protesters have barricaded several Bangkok intersections, have been interrupted by occasional...
  • Thai capital under state of emergency as protesters dig in January 22, 2014

    Bangkok: Thailand's capital was under a state of emergency on Wednesday after the government moved to tighten security as protesters trying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra threatened to disrupt an election she has called for early next month. Bangkok was calm and early commuters travelled to work as normal. There...
  • Thailand: Protesters march on new government targets January 16, 2014

    Bangkok: Antigovernment protesters were on the march again in the Thai capital on Thursday, targeting government offices they have not previous interfered with to keep up pressure on the prime minister to resign and call off next month's election. The marches appeared to be a way to maintain momentum amid...
  • Thai magazine editor jailed for 10 years for insulting king January 23, 2013

    Bangkok: A Thai magazine editor was jailed for 10 years on Wednesday for insulting the royal family under the country's draconian lesemajeste law, a sentence that drew condemnation from international rights groups and the European Union. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, editor of "Voice of the Oppressed", a magazine devoted to selfexiled former...
  • Flight attendant out of job after Facebook remark December 5, 2012

    Bangkok: A Cathay Pacific flight attendant is out of a job after writing on her Facebook page that she wanted to throw coffee in a passenger's face because she happened to be the daughter of someone she dislikes intensely: ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The flight attendant caused a stir...
  • Successful businessmen make successful politicians: Thailand exPM November 16, 2012

    Some advice came in for Indian politicians from billionaire and ousted Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, especially in the context of Nitin Gadkari. While speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, he said successful businessmen make good politicians, but the two professions cannot be mixed. ...
  • Thailand gets its first woman Prime Minister July 5, 2011

    Thailand's first woman Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promises to take her country towards reconciliation. ...
  • Thailand to have first woman Prime Minister July 4, 2011

    Bangkok: The woman poised to become Thailand's first female Prime Minister acknowledged huge challenges in reconciling her divided country, after an election landslide seen as a rebuke of the militarybacked establishment that ousted her brother in a 2006 coup. Preliminary results from Sunday's poll showed 44yearold Yingluck Shinawatra's Pheu Thai party...
  • Thai court issues warrant against former PM May 25, 2010

    Bangkok, Thailand: A Thai court issued a warrant on Tuesday against the country's ousted prime minister on terrorism charges connected with the violent clashes that crippled Bangkok for weeks, the former prime minister's lawyer said. Thai investigators claimed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a bloodless military...
  • Bangkok burns as Thai troops hunt protestors May 20, 2010

    Bangkok: Thai troops fired into the air on Thursday as they approached a temple where several hundred Red Shirt protestors had sought shelter after security forces dispersed them a day before and their leaders surrendered. Fires were still burning in central Bangkok after an overnight curfew that followed a day of...
  • Riots erupt after Thai protest leaders surrender May 19, 2010

    Bangkok: Rioting and fires swept Bangkok on Wednesday after troops stormed a protest encampment, forcing protest leaders to surrender, but sparking clashes that killed at least four people and triggered unrest in northern Thailand. Protesters torched five buildings, including the Thai stock exchange and Central World, Southeast Asia's secondbiggest department store...
  • Red Shirts agree for peace talks with Thai govt May 18, 2010

    Bangkok: Hopes rose on Tuesday for an end to deadly mayhem in Thailand's capital as leaders of a protest movement occupying central Bangkok said they would unconditionally accept an offer by the Thai Senate to mediate talks. Scattered violence continued on Tuesday in the standoff between soldiers and antigovernment Red Shirt...
  • Thai govt says Red Shirts fomenting civil war May 17, 2010

    Bangkok: Thailand has been on edge the for the past few weeks with clashes breaking across Bangkok between the Thai Army and Red Shirts leaving at least 35 dead and over 230 injured in the last three days. The protesting Red Shirts have called for UNmediated peace talks, but the idea...
  • Thai govt plans crackdown on Red Shirts May 13, 2010

    Bangkok: Thai authorities have vowed to shut off power, cut supplies and seal off at midnight Thursday a central Bangkok intersection where antigovernment protesters have amassed by the thousands for the last month. The government's decision comes after demonstrators disregarded an ultimatum by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajjiva to vacate the Ratchaprasong...
  • Thailand seeks way out of political crisis April 13, 2010

    Bangkok: About 40 countries have issued travel warnings to Thailand as violent antigovernment protests have been going on here for almost a week now. French broadcaster France 24 has shown footage of what it says are Thai forces firing at the crowd during the clashes. The video shows two soldiers...
  • Thaksin abused power for personal gain: Thai judges February 26, 2010

    Bankok: Judges reading a lengthy verdict on whether to seize $2.3 billion of expremier Thaksin Shinawatra family's assets said on Friday his policies benefited his family business, raising the likelihood his money will be confiscated. Authorities say major violence is unlikely but have mobilized thousands of police and troops to preempt...
  • Thai army clashes with antigovernment protesters April 13, 2009

    Bangkok: Thai soldiers fired shots at protesters driving buses at them and used tear gas against demonstrators blocking a main road junction in Bangkok on Monday in a major escalation of political violence in the kingdom. Medical authorities said scores of people had been treated for injuries, after troops tried to...
  • ASEAN summit cancelled after protests in Thailand April 11, 2009

    Pattaya (Thailand): Thai officials cancelled a summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Saturday after antigovernment protesters broke into the summit venue at Pattaya, a resort town 100 km south of Bangkok. The Thai government said the summit between ASEAN members and six dialogue partners, including China,...
  • New Thai PM gets bundle of troubles in office December 15, 2008

    Bangkok: Abhisit Vejjajivaa patrician 44yearold with an Oxford educationbecame Thailand's prime minister on Monday amid hopes that he can calm the political storms that have battered the country for the past three years. But untested at the pinnacle of power and said to lack decisiveness, he could face one of the...
  • ExThai PM sentenced to jail for corruption October 22, 2008

    New Delhi: Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been sentenced to two years in prison by the Thai supreme court. He's been found guilty of corruption and violating the constitution to buy cheap land for his wife, using a state bank. Five out of nine judges ruled against Thakshin, who has...
  • Shinawatra returns, taken into custody, gets bail February 28, 2008

    New Delhi: Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was taken into police custody on Thursday after arriving on Thai soil and ending 17 months of exile to face corruption charges, police said. Thai authorities took the 58yearold billionaire politician into custody after his arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on...
  • Thai leader says Thaksin can return October 15, 2006

    Bangkok: Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra can return to Thailand if he wants, but must wait until political tension eases following last month's military coup, the country's new leader has said. Thaksin was in New York for the UN General Assembly when military leaders seized power. He has not returned to...
  • Thai coup rulers choose interim PM September 29, 2006

    Bangkok: Thailand's military rulers have chosen Surayud Chulanont, a former army commander and close adviser to the country's powerful monarch, as interim Prime Minister following their coup, the auditor general has been quoted as saying. Auditor General Jaruvan Maintaka revealed the choice in comments to reporters on Thursday that later appeared...
  • 'Thaksin to return as PM in 18 mnths' September 23, 2006

    London: An astrologer of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has said that he will return to power after 18 months. Phra Khru Wichitsuthakarn, 64, is the abbot of a monastery around two hours north of Bangkok, and one of the kingdom's foremost soothsayers. According to The Independent, Shinawatra consulted...