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Thaksin Shinawatra

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Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been granted parole and could be released from jail this week. Thaksin, who was ousted by the military in 2006, has been serving a prison sentence for corruption charges. The decision has sparked discussions about political reconciliation and justice in Thailand.

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Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been granted parole and could be released from prison this week, marking a significant step in the reconciliation between Thaksin and the military that ousted him. Thaksin, who has been serving a prison sentence for corruption since 2020, was among a list of eligible parolees. [The Diplomat] [Newsmax]

Thaksin's parole comes amidst growing calls for political reconciliation in Thailand, as well as efforts by the ruling military junta to project an image of stability and inclusivity ahead of planned elections. Thaksin's release could also help ease tensions and divisions that have persisted in the country since his removal from office. [San Diego Union-Tribune] [Firstpost]

The decision to grant Thaksin parole has stirred mixed reactions from the Thai public. While some have welcomed the move as a sign of progress towards national reconciliation, others argue that it brings into question the credibility of the justice system and raises concerns about the political influence Thaksin still holds. [Time] [France24] [Canberra Times]

Thaksin, a controversial figure in Thai politics, served as the prime minister from 2001 to 2006. He was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and has since been living in self-exile to avoid corruption charges. His sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, also served as prime minister but was removed from office in 2014 and subsequently convicted of corruption. [CNN] [The Diplomat]

Thaksin's release on parole follows recent efforts by the Thai government to initiate reconciliation measures, including the release of political prisoners and the return of exiled political leaders. However, critics argue that these moves fall short of addressing the systemic issues and structural inequalities that underpin Thai politics. [Channel News Asia] [The Guardian]

The granting of parole to Thaksin Shinawatra marks a significant development in Thai politics. As a highly influential figure, his release has the potential to reshape the political landscape and open up opportunities for political dialogue and reconciliation in the country. [France24] [Al Jazeera] [IB Times] [Straits Times]

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