The past few weeks saw a flurry of political activity in Dubai and Hong Kong as fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra held court to receive visitors from Bangkok and issued instructions to his Pheu Thai MPs on "urgent" political issues.
Several Pheu Thai MPs, including some ministerial portfolio hopefuls, flew to Dubai over a week ago hoping for his blessing, prompting speculation of an impending cabinet shakeup.
But their hopes were dashed because Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is still happy with her teammates. She is in no mood to remove any of them, even though the performance of some of the ministers have been way below par, such as Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom.
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