Thaksin Shinawatra vs. Purachai Piumsombun:
Thailand's Prime Minister, left, and its popular Justice Minister faced off after a budget dispute
spilled into the headlines. In better days, Thaksin called his Thai Rak Thai colleague (and
police-academy classmate) a potential successor. But last week he told a group of generals, "I will
have to look for someone else" because Purachai "can't get along with anyone." Purachai claimed the
real issue was his refusal to "rubber stamp" an inflated budget request from his permanent secretary,
who happens to be Thaksin's brother-in-law....