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Thaksin as trade ambassador?

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With his international business ties and connections with influential world personalities, former PM Thaksin seems ideally suited to the position of trade envoy, his supporters say. 

In a photo distributed by his legal advisor Noppadon Pattama, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who may soon be appointed a government trade envoy, is seen on his 2010 visit to Nelson Mandela at his home in South Africa.

Note: This is very possibly what is known as a trial balloon in which someone working for/with a prominent person presents an idea to see what the public reaction is. If it is negative, the idea is withdrawn and the prominent person can deny any involvement. Already, this morning Noppadon Pattama is denying that he said Mr Thaksin would become a trade envoy. (From the story, what did he actually say?)

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Thaksin tipped to become trade envoy


The Pheu Thai Party is expected to appoint exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as a government trade envoy to promote Thai exports abroad, which will enable him to freely travel the world.

A party source said that when a Pheu Thai-led coalition government is formed and cabinet ministers are appointed, the party would entrust Thaksin with the role of a trade envoy to help his youngest sister Yingluck Shinawatra, who looks set to become the prime minister, handle her responsibilities.

Thaksin has well-established connections with corporate executives and leaders of foreign countries and also possesses the business acumen to make bargains and boost trade ties with other nations.

As a trade envoy, Thaksin could use his experience abroad during his self-imposed exile to help the government promote trade ties without getting directly involved in politics at home, the source said.

Thaksin's expected trade promotion role will also enable him to travel freely anywhere in the world, the source said.

Noppadon Pattama, Thaksin's legal adviser, yesterday did not rule out the possibility of Thaksin's new role as a trade envoy.

The former prime minister has what it takes to measure up to the task, Mr Noppadon said.

Flashback to April 2009: Thaksin Shinawatra shows a passport from Montenegro.

The new government can appoint him as a trade envoy straight away as the position of trade envoy is not a political one, Mr Noppadon said.

If Thaksin is given the position, he can travel to other countries using a passport issued by Montenegro, Mr Noppadon said.

Meanwhile, coalition parties continue jockeying and bargaining for cabinet portfolios.

The selection of cabinet members will be based on their potential and capabilities, Ms Yingluck said, promising to do her best to assemble a cabinet accepted by all sides in Thailand and the international community.

Ms Yingluck also brushed aside speculation that she would help her brother Thaksin return home. She said her Pheu Thai Party would not push for an amnesty to help only one person.

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distribute – to give something to a group of people แจกจ่าย
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
appoint – to choose someone officially for a job or responsibility แต่งตั้ง,ตั้งให้เป็น
trade –  the buying and selling of goods and services การค้าขาย
envoy – someone who is sent as a representative from one government or organization to another ทูต
trial – a test, usually over a limited period of time, to discover how effective or suitable something or someone is การทดลอง, การทดสอบ
trial balloon – a situation where someone presents an idea (like releasing a balloon into the air) before making a final decision and sees what the reaction is โยนหินถามทาง, หยั่งเสียง
prominent – important and well known สำคัญ, มีชื่อเสียง, เด่น
reaction – the way something responds as a result of something that happens ปฏิกิริยา การตอบสนอง
negative – bad ที่เป็นด้านลบ
withdraw – to take away ถอน
deny – to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of doing ปฏิเสธ
involvement – the act or process of taking part in something การเกี่ยวข้อง
tip – to say that something is likely to happen คาดการณ์
exiled – forced to live in a foreign country, usually for political reasons ที่ถูกเนรเทศ
export – the selling and transporting of goods to another country สินค้าออก, การส่งสินค้าออกไปต่างประเทศ
enable – to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible  ทำให้เป็นไปได้
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
coalition government – a government formed by two or more political parties working together รัฐบาลผสม
cabinet minister – a member of the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy รัฐมนตรี
entrust – to give someone the responsibility for  an important job or activity
role – the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship บทบาท
set – likely; ready พร้อม
established – in a successful position over a long period of time  มีตำแหน่งที่มั่นคง
connections – people or organisations that you know and that can help or advise you in your social or professional life วงศ์วานวงศ์ญาติมิตร
corporate – involving large companies  เกี่ยวข้องกับบริษัทใหญ่
executive – a senior manager in a business or other organisation ผู้บริหาร
possess – to have or own something  ครอบครอง, ถือครอง
acumen – the ability to understand and decide things quickly and well  ความมีไหวพริบเฉียบแหลม, ความฉลาดเฉียบแหลม
bargain – to attempt to get something for a cheaper price or under more favourable conditions ต่อรอง(ราคา)
boost – an action or event that helps something to increase, improve, or become more successful การส่งเสริม
ties – relations; connections ความสัมพันธ์
self-imposed – of something that you do yourself to do rather than being forced by someone else อย่างสมัครใจ
rule out – to stop considering something as a possibility ประกาศว่าเป็นสิ่งที่เป็นไปไม่ได้
measure up – to be as good, successful, etc. as expected or needed
task – something that you have to do หน้าที่; ภารกิจ
straight away – immediately; happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
issue – to officially give out  ออก
flashback – a sudden, very clear, strong memory of something that happened in the past that is so real you feel that you are living through the experience again ภาพย้อนหลัง
jockey – to try all possible ways of gaining an advantage over other people  หาผลประโยชน์ด้วยการพลิกแพลงหลอกลวง
portfolio – control over a ministry; all the responsibilities of a government minister ตำแหน่งรัฐมนตรี
potential – qualities that exist and can be developed ศักยภาพที่จะพัฒนาได้
capability – the ability to do something ความสามารถ
assemble – to bring together and form a group การนำมาร่วมกัน
brush aside – to refuse to accept that something is important or true ไม่สนใจ, ไม่แยแส
speculation – ideas or discussion about why something has happened or what might happen คาดการณ์ ประเมิณสถานการณ์
amnesty – a situation in which a government agrees not to punish people who have committed a crime การนิรโทษกรรม

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