Remembering the Thaksin Years: Everyone Joins Thai Rak Thai

From Thairath, July 12, 2003
Title: Hot items are limited.
Sudarat Keyuraphan hands out t-shirts with the logo of the Thai Rak Thai Party.
The man behind Sudarat is holding a paper that reads “Bangkok Poll”
On the men grabbing the shirts: famous persons, transferring parties, former Member of Parliament

[During his time as PM, Thaksin bought up other coalition parties and integrated them into TRT. As it became clear Thaksin was aiming for a one-party state that would retain power for as long as 20 years (instead of following the Thai political tradition of allowing coalition to, in effect, take turns governing), political factions rushed to become part of the TRT political machine.]

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