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Thailand’s fate rests on how Thaksin wields new power ANALYSIS 07/06/2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thailand’s fate rests on how Thaksin wields new power

ANALYSIS

07/06/2011
BANGKOK — Thailand’s hopes of emerging from years of political turmoil hinge on how a victorious opposition wields its new-found power, including a possible amnesty for its fugitive leader, experts say.

After overseeing a landslide victory by his Puea Thai party from self-imposed exile, Thailand’s controversial former leader Thaksin Shinawatra is widely expected to pull the strings in the new government.

It marks a dazzling comeback for the Thaksin camp five years after the nemesis of the Thai establishment was ousted by the army, with his sister Yingluck now set to become the nation’s first female prime minister.

Yet hasty attempts to bring him back as a free man would likely rattle his powerful enemies and threaten his sister’s tenure, as well as the stability of the kingdom, which is deeply split between his supporters and enemies..... MORE

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