Insight: How Thaksin's meddling sparked a new Thai crisis for PM sister




 
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Insight: How Thaksin's meddling sparked a new Thai crisis for PM sister
 
January 31st, 2014  
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Insight: How Thaksin's meddling sparked a new Thai crisis for PM sister
By Andrew R.C. Marshall and Jason Szep BANGKOK (Reuters) - Yingluck Shinawatra's journey from political nobody to prime minister was breathtakingly swift. A political neophyte when she took office in 2011, the 46-year-old former business executive surprised many observers by steadying Thailand after years of often bloody political unrest. Behind Thailand's lurch into its worst crisis in years was a disastrous intervention by Yingluck's billionaire brother Thaksin, who was deposed in a 2006 military coup and now lives abroad to escape a corruption conviction. Thaksin's meddling turned a bill that would have freed ordinary Thais charged with protest-related crimes into a controversial wider amnesty for politicians such as himself, say senior members of Yingluck's ruling Puea Thai Party.




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