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Thaksin Shinawatra’s Historic Return to Thailand: No Plans for Government Advisory Role, Says PM Srettha

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The bustling tarmac of Don Mueang airport witnessed a moment steeped in history and anticipation on August 22, 2023. A figure emerged from the shadows of a sleek private jet, a face familiar yet absent from the Thai political landscape for almost two decades—Thaksin Shinawatra, the enigmatic former prime minister of Thailand, was back on home soil.

Thaksin’s return sparked a flurry of speculation and whispers across the nation. Would he step back into the political arena? Would he offer his counsel to the currents of power flowing through the corridors of the government? Yet, the man at the center of this whirlwind of questions, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, dispelled the swirling rumors with a straightforward revelation. After a private meeting with Thaksin at his Bangkok residence, Srettha shared that the former leader harbored no ambitions of becoming a government adviser. “He’s been away from Thailand for 17–18 years,” Srettha mused. “I believe he wishes to cherish time with his family and recuperate.” It’s a sentiment many can empathize with, underscoring the universal desire for solace and reunion after long separations.

Intriguingly, the door for Thaksin to engage in advisory roles isn’t closed. The Probation Department’s stance is one of rehabilitation and reintegration, permitting former inmates to partake in societal contributions without restraint. This policy echoes last year’s whispers in New York where Srettha hinted at Thaksin’s potential return to the fold as an advisor, a testament to his economic acumen.

Moving from the realm of political comebacks to the nuts and bolts of governance, Srettha, wearing his hat as the Finance Minister, touched upon the eagerly awaited digital wallet handout scheme. With a twinkle in his eye, he promised that more details are on their way, courtesy of Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat, underlining the government’s commitment to propel Thailand into the digital future.

In another heartening development, Srettha shared his delight over Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the dynamic leader of the Pheu Thai Party, accepting an invitation from the illustrious former Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen. This rendezvous is not just a meeting between two political figures; it’s a bridge between nations, a testament to the enduring power of diplomacy and dialogue. With Hun Sen at the helm of the Cambodian People’s Party and as president of the Supreme Privy Council, this cross-border camaraderie could herald a new chapter in Thai-Cambodian relations.

Thaksin Shinawatra’s return has indeed set the stage for a series of unfolding narratives—personal rejuvenation, potential political advisory roles, and diplomatic endeavors that could reshape the regional landscape. In the heart of Bangkok, to the corridors of power and beyond, the tale of Thailand’s political theater continues to captivate and enthrall, a saga of intrigue, resilience, and the enduring quest for progress.


  1. Ella March 3, 2024

    I always thought Thaksin had an unmatched vision for Thailand. It’s interesting he’s chosen not to advise the government directly. Maybe it’s for the best, given his controversial past.

    • Somchai March 3, 2024

      Unmatched vision? Please, the country was divided under his rule. This is just an attempt to stay relevant without taking responsibility.

      • Ella March 3, 2024

        I respect your point, but can’t deny the economic growth during his tenure. Controversial, yes, but he did push for development.

    • Nattapong March 3, 2024

      I think him staying out of politics is a political move in itself. His sister and daughter are active, after all.

  2. PhoebeSkye March 3, 2024

    The whole advisory potential feels like a loophole to have influence without accountability. Politics as usual.

    • grower134 March 3, 2024

      Exactly my thoughts. It’s all a show. They let him return but keep him at arm’s length officially.

      • Jinny March 4, 2024

        I’m not so cynical. Maybe he genuinely wants to retire peacefully and leave the politics to others.

  3. TukTik March 3, 2024

    How convenient for him to return now. I’m not buying this ‘retirement’. Watch him pull strings from behind the scenes.

    • MaxPower March 4, 2024

      Totally agree. People like Thaksin never really retire. They always have a plan B.

  4. Jenny87 March 4, 2024

    Isn’t anyone else excited about the digital wallet scheme? Finally some progress towards digitizing our financial system!

    • TechWizard March 4, 2024

      The digital wallet is a game changer for Thailand’s economy. Hope it’s implemented well and secure.

    • old_school March 4, 2024

      Digital wallets are fine, but don’t forget about those in rural areas who might not have access to the necessary technology.

  5. Saharat March 4, 2024

    Thaksin’s return, meeting with Hun Sen, digital wallets… It’s a lot to process. What’s the real strategy here?

    • Watcher March 4, 2024

      It’s all interconnected. Strengthen relations, boost the economy, and stabilize Thaksin’s legacy. Clever politics.

      • Saharat March 4, 2024

        Makes sense in a geopolitical context. Maybe there’s more to Thaksin’s return than meets the eye.

  6. Historian101 March 4, 2024

    Remember, history tends to repeat itself. Thaksin’s return could mean many things, but let’s not jump to conclusions yet.

  7. PatriotPin March 4, 2024

    This move might just be what Thailand needs. A shake-up could lead to positive changes, or am I too optimistic?

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