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Thailand's military junta sets deadline to establish interim government

Thailand's military junta sets deadline to establish interim government

BANGKOK, June 13 (UPI) --Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha announced Friday that Thailand would form an interim government by September.
JC Finley
Military coup leader presents agenda to stabilize Thailand

Military coup leader presents agenda to stabilize Thailand

BANGKOK, May 30 (UPI) --Following a military coup in Thailand on May 22, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha set forth a time frame for national reconciliation, government reforms, and elections.
JC Finley
Thai army takes over government in a coup d'etat

Thai army takes over government in a coup d'etat

BANGKOK, May 22 (UPI) --Thailand's army staged a coup d'etat Thursday, declaring it was seizing power of the country in the wake of the Thai government being paralyzed by protests.
Ananth Baliga
Unrest in Thailand prompts army chief to warn of possible military intervention

Unrest in Thailand prompts army chief to warn of possible military intervention

BANGKOK, May 15 (UPI) --Thai Army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha issued a national warning Thursday that continued violence could prompt the army to intervene.
JC Finley
20,000 protesters rally in Bangkok for removal of caretaker government

20,000 protesters rally in Bangkok for removal of caretaker government

BANGKOK, May 9 (UPI) --20,000 protesters descended on Bangkok Friday to demand the removal of Thailand's caretaker government.
JC Finley
Thailand's PM ousted by Constitutional Court

Thailand's PM ousted by Constitutional Court

BANGKOK, May 7 (UPI) -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been ousted from office by the Constitutional Court for abuse of power after using her authority to help a relative.
Aileen Graef
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.
JC Finley

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.
JC Finley

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.
JC Finley
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.
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From left to right are: Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Laotian Prime Minister Boungnang Vorachith, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Malaysian Prime Minister Adbullah Ahmad Badawi, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Myanmar Prime Minister Lt.-Gen.Soe Win, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Vietnam Prime Minister Phan Van Khai pose for the group photo before the start of ASEAN + Russia summit at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 13, 2005. (UPI Photo)
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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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