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Thailand Fight to Delay Polls Turns Deadly

Police officer killed, nearly 100 injured as tensions flare anew

(Newser) - Thailand's election commission today urged the government to delay upcoming polls as clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters killed a police officer and injured nearly 100 people, adding to political turmoil threatening to tear apart the country. The hours-long unrest took place outside a Bangkok sports stadium where... More »

Ex-PM's Sis Sweeps to Victory in Thai Vote

Yingluck Shinawatra set to assume power

(Newser) - The sister of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra led Thailand's main opposition party to a landslide victory in elections Sunday, heralding an extraordinary political turnaround five tumultuous years after her fugitive billionaire brother was toppled in an army coup. The vote paves the way for 44-year-old Yingluck Shinawatra,... More »

Pressure Mounts on Thai PM as US Issues Travel Warning

Army boss backs early vote; panel slams Abhisit

(Newser) - Thailand's embattled prime minister's downfall may come not from street protests, but from shady dealings with a cement company. The country's election commission has decided that Abhisit Vejjajiva's ruling Democracy party should face prosecution over an undeclared donation from the company, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move means the... More »

Deposed Thai PM Returns Home

Crowds and cops greet Thaksin as he flies home for first time since coup

(Newser) - Ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra flew home today after 17 months in exile to cheering supporters and police, who quickly escorted him to court to face corruption charges. Thaksin, the billionaire owner of the Manchester City soccer team who was forced from power by a military coup, knelt and... More »

Thais Will Bust Exiled PM if He Returns

Thaksin to face multiple corruption and fraud charges: AG's office

(Newser) - As his allies get set to wrest the reins of government from the military, Thailand's exiled prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been warned that he will face arrest if he returns home. Arrest warrants for Thaksin and his wife on charges of fraud and corruption are still outstanding, according to... More »

Party of Ousted Prime Minister Wins Thai Races

Polarizing figure booted in coup may return from exile

(Newser) - Deposed former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is poised to return from exile now that the party supporting him won the most seats in parliament in today's elections, according to exit polls. It was unclear, however, whether the pro-Thaksin People Power party gained an absolute majority. If not, opposition parties... More »

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