Thai Junta Engineers a Thaksinless Cons…

Thailand’s junta and tame constitutional revision committee begin the year working on a revised constitution with one major goal in mind: prevent a resurgence of any popular government that could involve Thaksin Shinawatra or his proxies. The 65-year-old former premier was ousted in 2006. Nonetheless, he has remained a major force in Thai politics, running successive surrogate governments from his perch in exile in Dubai before they were driven from power by putsch or court order. But his political acrobatics may be over at least temporarily despite the fact that he seemingly retains the affections of voters not connected to the Bangkok elites and the powers surrounding the royal court.

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