Thailand heading back to the old days

Thailand heading back to the old days – www.todayonline.com, June 7, 2011
…From this perspective, the current election battle has very much to do with the continued power struggle between Thaksin and his enemies. Little emphasis has been put on questions of how to move Thailand forward and how reconciliation can be achieved.
The coming polls, while exciting many Thais, are unlikely to bring stability and normalcy back to Thai political life. If anything, they will only drag Thailand back to the pre-coup era when two power blocks – the Thaksin and anti-Thaksin factions – fought to maintain their positions of power.
[This article is written by Pavin Chachavalpongpun, author of the excellent new book, Reinventing Thailand: Thaksin and His Foreign Policy]

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