Thanksin Shinawatra

FILE – In this July 17, 2012 file photo, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra pauses during a business forum and the formal launch of the Indonesian Journal of Leadership, Policy and World Affairs Strategic Review in Jakarta, Indonesia. Anti-government protesters are planning to shut down Thailand’s capital on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 by blocking traffic at key intersections, providing a fitting metaphor for the country’s politics: no way forward, no backing out. That was Feb. 28, 2006, when then-Prime Minister Thaksin was seeking to defuse protests against his rule by calling early elections, and the opposition Democrat Party refused to take part. In September that year, the army deposed Thaksin in a coup. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)

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