October 20, 2008
Tuesday Thailand's Supreme Court is set to read a verdict against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a corruption case. Wednesday India launches its first unmanned moon mission, with liftoff in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Middle Eastern interior ministers meet in Amman, Jordan, to discuss prospects for stability in Iraq.
December 4, 2008
THAILAND'S People's Alliance for Democracy made clear long ago that it stands not for democracy or the Thai people but against them. On Tuesday, it claimed another victory in its campaign to replace the democratic system with a royalist autocracy and to substitute the judgment of the military and an allied elite for that of the people. Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, whose party won a fair democratic election last December, was forced from office by a questionable court ruling even as thousands of members of the "people's alliance" barricaded two of...
September 10, 2008 |
BANGKOK, Sept. 9 -- Thailand's prime minister was forced out of office Tuesday after a court ruled that he had broken a conflict-of-interest law by hosting a TV cooking show. Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's supporters immediately vowed to bring him back to power, leaving Thailand in the political crisis that has virtually paralyzed the government, spooked the financial markets and scared away tourists. Chat Chonlaworn, head of the Constitutional Court, said the Cabinet must also resign, but it will stay for now as a...
April 2, 2009 |
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, April 1 -- Thailand's four-month-old government, under increasing pressure from opposition demonstrations, has offered a tentative olive branch to its most potent adversary, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. "If talks can bring peace to the country, I am ready to meet him anywhere, because Thaksin is the only person that can end the siege," Suthep Thaugsuban, the deputy prime minister, said Wednesday. Thaksin is in self-imposed exile after being sentenced to two years in jail for violating...
November 17, 2008 |
BANGKOK, Nov. 16 -- Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand's controversial former prime minister, has divorced his wife Potjaman after 32 years of marriage. The divorce comes at a time when Thaksin, who became a billionaire in the telecommunications industry, and his wife are effectively stateless. They both face jail sentences if they return to Thailand -- he on charges of breaching conflict-of-interest laws and she for tax evasion. Thaksin has said the charges and convictions are politically motivated.
June 13, 2011 |
BANGKOK — Thais usually celebrate Songkran, the country's traditional new year festival, by tossing water and visiting Buddhist temples. Wealthy businesswoman Yingluck Shinawatra marked the April holiday by flying to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to visit her fugitive older brother, Thailand's ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. "He is my brother . . . so I have to pay respects to him," the 43-year-old executive said in an interview. After returning to Bangkok, Yingluck...