'Hello Thaksin, this is Hun Sen calling. I might need you back to be my adviser again. It's serious.''
One day Thaksin Shinawatra could get a phone call like this from his close friend in Phnom Penh. This offer, unlike any previous ones, could be real. That position of economic adviser to the Cambodian premier made after the 2006 coup in Thailand was simply to humiliate the coup-makers who ousted the former Thai prime minister.
Now it will be different. The July 28 Cambodian election put Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) in the same boat as Thaksin's Pheu Thai Party.