21 Aug '11, 5am

Ousted Thai leader gambles on return to world stage: BANGKOK (AFP) - With his sister barely in office, fugitive

Ousted Thai leader gambles on return to world stage: BANGKOK (AFP) - With his sister barely in office, fugitive

With his sister barely in office, fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra (above) has launched a high-stakes international charm offensive that analysts say threatens his allies' hold on power. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BANGKOK (AFP) - With his sister barely in office, fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra has launched a high-stakes international charm offensive that analysts say threatens his allies' hold on power. The one-time billionaire tycoon, toppled in a 2006 coup, has overshadowed the first fortnight of Yingluck Shinawatra's premiership with a planned trip to Japan that has raised questions about his influence over the government. Thaksin, who lives abroad to avoid a two-year jail term for corruption, has angered the opposition with his scheduled August 22-28 visit that will include a tour of areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Embold...

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