Thaksin's New Family


A somewhat bizarre (I don’t think that’s too strong a word here) and certainly provocative photo released by the Cambodian government today. Apparently it’s all happy families on the Cambodian side of the border. Thailand, meanwhile, issued an extradition request for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, which Cambodia apparently has already rejected.

There’s an interesting analysis here of the implications of this for the already rapidly deteriorating Cambodia-Thailand ties, which the writer says may be passing the point of no return:

‘Even before landing in Phnom Penh, Thaksin’s future in Thailand looked particularly grim after Times Online published an interview quoting him as calling for a reform in the institution of monarchy. Thaksin strongly denied having criticised the monarchy, but his defiant touchdown in Cambodia is unlikely to help his political predicament.’

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