Thailand after Thaksin

Wichai Wongsawanragamee panned his Handycam across the stage, and then to the crowd of 15,000 in Bangkok's Sanam Luang park, where the enraged protests against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra that had run for weeks were replaced, last Friday, by a jubilation difficult to imagine a week before. The national election held on April 2 had left the country at an impasse, and with neither side seemingly ready to back down, fears grew that the deadlock would be broken by bloodshed in the streets. Yet two days after the election, Thaksin announced that he would step aside, and appealed for an end...

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