The Shinawatra Family Tree

Latest in-depth scoop by SIU team. The story behind “Shinawatra political family” back to the origin.

Latest in-depth scoop by SIU team. The story behind “Shinawatra political family” back to the origin.

Some excerpt:

With Yingluck elected as the first female PM, last Friday is not only a historical day in Thai politics. It is also a historical day for the Shinawatra family, since the clan now has three Prime Ministers (the second one is Somchai Wongsawat, who is the brother-in-law of Thaksin).

Having three PMs makes Shinawatra a prominent political family. It becomes an important family like Pramoj (ปราโมช), Vejjajiva (เวชชาชีวะ) or the former “Ratcha Khru Group” (กลุ่มราชครู – Choonhavan/Adireksarn/Thapparansi).

If we count only the number of PMs in the family, the Shinawatra surpasses the Pramoj brothers and are now tied with Nehru-Gandhi of India (though the level influence is debatable).

On the surface, Shinawatra is Thaksin-centric. It is very true that he is the leading (and sole) force to bring the family to power. But digging back deeper, Thaksin is not the first member in the family who entered into politics. The Shinawatra family has been involved with politics long before Thaksin, and accumulated “political experience” that Thaksin could utilize.

To understand Shinawatra family better, we need to look back from the start. Thaksin, Somchai and Yingluck is just the fourth generation of this overseas Chinese family.

 

Scorecard on Abhisit and Yingluck

SIU releases a comparison table/scorecard on Thai PM candidates between Yingluck Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva in both Thai and English version.

SIU releases a comparison table/scorecard on Thai PM candidates between Yingluck Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva. The goal is to spread the political information to the mass public in easy-to-understand format.

The original Thai version was released on 20 May 2011 at Siam Intelligence web site. It got good reception from Thai internet users, with more than 5,000 views, 150 retweets and 300 Facebook likes.

The English version was released on 30 May 2011 at New Mandala, a popular English-language blog on Southeast Asia politics.

SIU also created the Thailand Political Base, a Wikipedia-like open database on politicians and political issues.

The English version is republished here for archive purpose.

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