Ex-PM Thaksin plans early return

After fleeing Thailand, he based himself in Dubai and fostered a pro-Thaksin "Red Shirt" movement, a counterweight to a "Yellow Shirt" royalist group whose 2006 street demonstrations paved the way for his ouster.
In 2009, he openly backed Red Shirt rioting against an anti-Thaksin government led by the Democrat Party, and in 2010 more discreetly encouraged vastly more disruptive Bangkok street demonstrations that resulted in the worst political violence in decades, including the deaths of 91 people over two months.
Thaksin's battles at the polls have been more fruitful. Pro-Thaksin parties won convincing victories in all four general elections since 2001 - five if an invalidated poll in 2006 is counted.
With his sister now prime minister and his allies holding a firm majority in Parliament, Thaksin's prospects appear good. But his 2006 ouster - after becoming the first prime minister ever to complete a four-year term, and then being re-elected by an unprecedented majority - is a reminder that he still has powerful enemies.
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