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Srettha Thavisin’s Historical Meeting with Thaksin Shinawatra: A New Chapter in Thai Politics

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On a bright, bustling Saturday that seemed like any other in the vibrant heart of Bangkok, a sleek new Lexus pulled up at a grand residence in the Bang Phlat district, hinting at an event that was anything but ordinary. The vehicle, none other than the pristine Lexus LM 350h Executive 4-Seater, bore the distinctive “Sor Ror 30” Bangkok license plates, a sight stirring intrigue and anticipation among onlookers. Behind the wheel? Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, en route to a highly anticipated meet-up with none other than the enigmatic former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra, at his illustrious Chan Song La mansion nestled in the quietude of Soi Charan Sanit Wong 69.

Delivered to the Prime Minister that very morning, the 7.59-million-baht automotive masterpiece ferried him to a meeting that had the whole city abuzz. The occasion? A casual luncheon with Thaksin, who had just embraced the sweet air of freedom, stepping out from the somber shadows of confinement on parole, bringing a close to a saga that had captured the nation’s attention.

The clock struck 12.20 pm as Mr. Srettha made his grand entrance, the gleam of his official car reflecting the sun’s rays, almost symbolizing the dawn of new discussions, possibly about the future of their beloved country. The backdrop of their meeting, Thaksin’s familial abode, exuded an aura of power and history, a fitting venue for two men who’ve navigated the tumultuous waters of Thai politics.

Post-visit, an air of optimism seemed to cloak Mr. Srettha as he shared glimpses of their rendezvous with the eager press. Thaksin, despite the trials of confinement and health concerns that had become the subject of national speculation, was in high spirits. Yet, amid the laughter and shared memories, the gravity of Thaksin’s health post-release from the Police General Hospital hung unspoken, a stark reminder of the endurance demanded by public life.

The visit, however, wasn’t solely focused on reminiscing. There was an unspoken understanding, a shared vision for the Land of Smiles, though Mr. Srettha tactfully refrained from divulging any potential guidance from the influential 74-year-old ex-premier. The political landscape of Thailand, ever so dynamic, awaited the outcomes of such high-profile meetings with bated breath.

Interestingly, this wasn’t an isolated episode of high-profile visits to Thaksin’s residence. Earlier in the week, former Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen had also made his way to the Chan Song La, a testament to Thaksin’s enduring influence and the caliber of companions he keeps. The visits didn’t just underscore the political alliances but also highlighted Thaksin’s magnetic persona, attracting figures of stature even in his quieter days.

The presence of Paetongtarn Shinawatra, Thaksin’s youngest daughter and a beacon of hope for the Pheu Thai Party, further underscored the Shinawatra residence as a hub of political discourse and familial bonds. With security tightened and the political elite making their way to this prestigious address, one couldn’t help but ponder the discussions that unfolded within those walls.

Thaksin’s release on parole, a culmination of serving half a year out of an eight-year sentence — generously reduced by royal clemency — had already set the proverbial stage for a comeback, stirring debates and speculations far and wide. The conditions of his parole, allowing him a voice in the political arena, hint at a future pulsating with possibilities and perhaps, unexpected alliances.

In the swirling vortex of political dynamics, opinions diverge, with some viewing Thaksin’s resurgence as an undermining force against the current Prime Minister’s role. Yet, in the grand chessboard of Thai politics, every move and countermove shapes the narrative of its future, making days like these not just newsworthy but history in the making.


  1. BangkokBobby February 24, 2024

    This meeting is a clear indicator that Thaksin Shinawatra still holds significant power in Thai politics. The symbolism of such a high-profile encounter cannot be overstated.

    • ThaiSun February 24, 2024

      Agreed. It’s like he’s never really left the scene. The influence is palpable.

      • PeaceLover February 24, 2024

        But doesn’t this undermine the current govt’s authority? Just shows how one person can sway things behind the scenes.

    • PrayutFan February 24, 2024

      I don’t think so. Meetings like these are normal in politics. People are reading too much into it.

      • BangkokBobby February 24, 2024

        Normal? Hardly anything is ‘normal’ in our politics. This has deeper implications.

  2. SiamSpectator February 24, 2024

    The royal clemency is what intrigues me. It sets a precedent and raises questions about the balance of power and influence in Thailand.

    • RoyalistView February 24, 2024

      Clemency is a royal prerogative. It demonstrates mercy and, in this case, perhaps a gesture towards national reconciliation.

      • DemocracyNow February 24, 2024

        Reconciliation or not, it shouldn’t be used to play political chess.

  3. YoungThai February 24, 2024

    Thaksin’s daughter being there is key. It’s like passing the torch. The Shinawatra legacy in politics is far from over.

    • OldGuard February 24, 2024

      The Shinawatras have been a mixed bag for Thailand. We need fresh faces, not the same dynasties.

  4. NakhonNancy February 24, 2024

    What’s with all the fascination about the car? Seems like a distraction from the real issues at hand.

    • GearHead February 24, 2024

      It’s all about image in politics. The Lexus isn’t just a car; it’s a statement.

  5. PoliticalJunkie February 24, 2024

    Mark my words, this meeting spells the beginning of a major shift in Thai politics. Srettha wouldn’t meet with Thaksin without significant reasons. We’re just not privy to all the details yet.

    • Skeptic101 February 24, 2024

      Or it could just be two old friends catching up over lunch. Not everything is a conspiracy.

      • PoliticalJunkie February 24, 2024

        In politics, there’s no such thing as ‘just lunch’. Every move is calculated.

  6. HistorianHarold February 24, 2024

    This event will be remembered in Thai political history. The implications of such a meeting, especially given Thaksin’s complicated legacy, are immense.

    • RealistRaj February 24, 2024

      Thaksin’s legacy is divisive. For some, he’s a hero; to others, a villain. Time will tell how this meeting is judged.

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