SIU in The Christian Science Monitor: Thailand After Election

The Christian Science Monitor runs a story on Thailand after 2011 general election and the beginning of Yingluck’s reign. The article quotes SIU comment on Thailand’s politics.

Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor runs a story on Thailand after 2011 general election and the beginning of Yingluck’s reign. The article quotes SIU comment on Thailand’s politics.

The full article “Thailand elects first female premier. New hope for political middle?” by Simon Montlake is available at CSMonitor site. The article is published on 5 July 2011.

But much of that anger from a loud minority is directed at Thaksin, a businessman turned populist politician who was deposed in a 2006 coup after months of protests over his strongman-style rule and government corruption. Thaksin, who lives in self-exile in Dubai and was later convicted in absentia of abusing his power, has said he hopes to return home under a proposed political amnesty. Thaksin’s critics in the ruling elite oppose any effort to rehabilitate him and overturn his criminal conviction.

“If they start the amnesty, they will face a challenge from the [anti-Thaksin] yellow shirts,” says Kan Yuenyong, director of Siam Intelligence Unit, a research center in Bangkok.