Archive for October 2007

Thaksin Injects Self Into Thai Election

October 24, 2007

Thaksin Shinawatra won’t be on the ballot when Thailand finally elects a new government on December 23, but he’ll be campaigning nonetheless. Last week his lawyer announced plans to release a documentary about Thaksin’s post-coup life for circulation in Thailand during the election. Clearly, Thaksin hopes to sway voters to elect his allies in the People’s Power Party.

Thaksin’s exploits as chairman of Manchester City apparently will be a sizable part of the documentary. City’s impressive on-field success this term, in short, is being leveraged to attempt to influence Thai politics. This is exactly the kind of thing we were afraid of when Thaksin bought the club.

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Thailand Seeks Extradition of Thaksin

October 12, 2007

The Thai military government has moved its political battles with Thaksin Shinawatra onto English soil, sending a team of lawyers to London to seek extradition for the former prime minister to face corruption charges.