The de-mystification of PM Thaksin

The de-mystification of PM Thaksin - Bangkok Post, September 20, 2005
Since his Thai Rak Thai party garnered more than 75% of lower house seats in the February general election, the present political standing of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra--who finds himself challenged on several fronts--suggests that much of Mr Thaksin's political capital has been depleted and squandered over recent months. Much of the mystique that accompanied his populist policies and characterised his first-term in power has been eroded...
These episodes have further corroded Mr Thaksin's aura of invincibility. Indeed, he seems to have lost his Midas touch. He now looks like just another politician out for political survival, rather than a crusader bent on transforming the Thai economy and society...
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