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Prospect of Thaksin Return Heats up Thai Politics

31 May 2012

Thailand’s politics heated up on Wednesday over a bill that could herald the return of divisive ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The party of current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s sister, was hoping to introduce legislation in Parliament on Thursday that is widely seen as a possible first step toward providing amnesty for her fugitive brother’s convictions. The move brought his opponents in the People’s Alliance for Democracy back on the streets on Wednesday in one of their largest demonstrations in recent months.—AP