Thai politics has never been known as a showcase of minimalism. Not when we have such an interesting group involved: a short-tempered army chief who was once part of a group of coup-makers; a vengeful former prime minister who was ousted from power in a putsch seven years ago but who is never out of mind for long thanks to a Skype account that allows him to connect with his politicians anytime and anywhere; a photogenic female prime minister who likes to smile and says she has yet to receive information on any issue; and not one but two deputy prime ministers providing distractions by taking on the role of loud-mouthed clowns.
Despite the apparent excess and debauchery _ two groups of people protesting against each other by wearing the same Guy Fawkes masks in different colours, with the white mask said to actually be yellow _ the underlying plot of Thai politics is quite simple.
It's about ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his attempt to regain what he believes is his rightful place in history, which is the dearly beloved leader of the Thai people, the best the country has ever seen, the most gifted, far-sighted, capable and most democratically minded, despite the resistance to him.
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