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Thailand court: February parliamentary election was not valid

Thailand court: February parliamentary election was not valid

BANGKOK, March 21 (UPI) -- Thailand's Constitution Court ruled Friday that the results of the Feb. 2 general election should be thrown out and a new vote held.
Thai court nullifies February general election, fueling political crisis

Thai court nullifies February general election, fueling political crisis

March 21 (UPI) -- Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Friday that February's general election was unlawful.
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Thai protest leader: Movement halting street blockades

BANGKOK, March 1 (UPI) -- The opposition to Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is not ending the fight with its halt to the "Bangkok Shutdown," a leader said Saturday.
Bangkok bomb kills 3; protesters targeted

Bangkok bomb kills 3; protesters targeted

BANGKOK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A grenade attack on Sunday in Thailand's capital city of Bangkok killed three.
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Thailand government promises to pay rice farmers subsidy money

BANGKOK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The government of Thailand averted major demonstrations by rice farmers with a promise to pay them money owed under a price-support scheme.
Thai elections disrupted by protesters and marred by violence

Thai elections disrupted by protesters and marred by violence

BANGKOK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Thailand's controversial general elections went forward Sunday, with low voter turnout reported and protests against the election marred by violence.
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Yingluck says elections show Thai people want democracy

Yingluck says elections show Thai people want democracy

BANGKOK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Thailand's elections, though disrupted in places by anti-government protesters, showed people want democracy, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said.

Protesters block polling stations in Bangkok, southern Thailand

BANGKOK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Protesters disrupted Thailand's general election Sunday, forcing polling stations in parts of Bangkok and much of the south to close, officials said.

Protesters say they will keep demonstrating ahead of Thailand election

BANGKOK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand said they will keep protesting ahead of the controversial national election on Sunday.
Thai protesters plan to shutodwn Bangkok on election day

Thai protesters plan to shutodwn Bangkok on election day

BANGKOK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Despite a tense political environment, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has insisted that controversial general elections be held on February 2.
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Thai protest leader assassinated

Thai protest leader assassinated

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Media reports and Twitter carried news of the death of Thai opposition leader Suthin Tharathin after he was shot at a polling center in eastern Bangkok on Sunday.
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U.K. issues alert ahead of Thai elections

LONDON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The British government said Thursday it was calling on its citizens in Thailand to be on alert for violent demonstrations ahead of Feb. 2 elections.
State Department expresses concern about political situation in Bangkok

State Department expresses concern about political situation in Bangkok

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State expressed concern Tuesday after the Thai government declared a state of emergency in Bangkok in an effort to control the anti-government protest situation in the lead-up to the planned February 2 general elections.
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Bangkok declares state of emergency

Bangkok declares state of emergency

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Thai government declared a state of emergency in Bangkok on Wednesday in an effort to control the protest situation in the lead-up to the planned February 2 general elections.
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Officials declare state of emergency for Bangkok, nearby provinces

BANGKOK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Thai authorities declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and nearby provinces Tuesday as anti-government protesters blockaded parts of the capital.
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Thaksin Shinawatra (Thai pronunciation: ; born 26 July 1949) is a Thai businessman and politician, who was Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006, when he was overthrown in a military coup.

Thaksin founded Advanced Info Service, Thailand's most successful mobile phone operator, and became a billionaire. Thaksin entered politics in 1994 under Phalang Dharma Party, left the party along with many of its MPs in 1996, and founded the populist Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party in 1998. After a historic election victory in 2001, he became prime minister, the country's first to serve a full term. Thaksin introduced a range of policies to alleviate rural poverty; highly popular, they helped reduce poverty by half in four years. He launched the country's first universal healthcare program, the 30-baht scheme, as well as a highly popular drug suppression campaign. Thaksin embarked on a massive program of infrastructure investment, including roads, public transit, and Suvarnabhumi Airport. Nevertheless, public sector debt fell from 57% of GDP in January 2001 to 41% in September 2006. Levels of corruption were perceived to have fallen, with Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index improving from 3.2 to 3.8 between 2001 and 2005. The Thai Rak Thai party won an unprecedented landslide in the 2005 general election, which had the highest voter turnout in Thai history.

The Shinawatra government faced allegations of corruption, authoritarianism, treason, conflicts of interest, acting non-diplomatically, and muzzling of the press. Thaksin was accused of tax evasion, lèse majesté (insulting King Bhumibol, and selling assets of Thai companies to international investors. Independent bodies, including Amnesty International, criticized Thaksin's human rights record. Thaksin was also pressed charged for concealing his wealth during his premier.

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