Thailand’s Family Affair May Unnerve Markets

Thailand’s Family Affair May Unnerve Markets: The Ticker – bloomberg.com, August 15, 2011
The nation’s new foreign minister starts Wednesday, yet the most tantalizing diplomatic question isn’t waiting for Surapong Tovichakchaikul to come to work: When will exiled former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra return to Bangkok? A lot sooner than many of us thought, it appears…
Just days after being sworn in, Yingluck’s government asked Japan to grant a visa for Thaksin, and Tokyo complied. Japan should have said no; it has clear laws on the books against welcoming those sentenced to significant jail time. Germany also lifted a travel ban on Thaksin…

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