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    Thaksinism is the ideology of exiled billionaire and former Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra. It can also be used to describe the ideals of his sister Yingluck among other family members and supporters.

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    Thaksin Shinawatra is a Thai billionaire, the founder of mobile phone operator Advanced info service and IT and telecommunications conglomerate Shin Corporation, a former police officer, the founder of Thai Rak Thai Party (TRT), who served as the Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006. Thaksin ran on a populist platform and during his tenure launched programs to reduce poverty, expand infrastructure, promote small and medium-sized enterprises, and extend universal healthcare coverage.

    Thaksin and his government did however show authoritarian tendencies on multiple occasions. He declared a "war on drugs" in which more than 2,500 people were killed and took a strong-arm approach against the separatist insurgency in the Muslim southern provinces. Thaksin also got his country involved in the Iraq War following the US-led invasion of Iraq. Thailand contributed 423 non-combat troops in August 2003 to nation-building and medical assistance in post-Saddam Iraq. Troops of the Royal Thai Army were attacked in the 2003 Karbala bombings, which killed two soldiers and wounded five others. However, the Thai mission in Iraq was considered an overall success, and Thailand withdrew its forces in August 2004. The mission was considered the main reason the United States decided to designate Thailand as a major non-NATO ally in 2003.

    A citizens' movement against Thaksin, called the People's Alliance for Democracy or "Yellow Shirts", launched mass protests, accusing him of corruption, abuse of power, and autocratic tendencies.

    Thaksin was overthrown in a military coup on 19 September 2006 and was barred from all political activity. He has continued to influence Thai politics from abroad through the Pheu Thai Party, as well as the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship or the "Red Shirt" movement which challenges the power of the Military Dictatorship and aims for greater democracy and justice in Thai politics. His younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra was the prime minister of Thailand from 2011 to 2014 until she too was ousted in a military coup.

    Relationships

    Friends

    Frenemies

    • Anti-Authoritarianism - Sam Kib and Milk Tea Alliance idolize me but I won't apologize for the War on Drugs and my correct handling of the Southern Insurgency.
    • Police Statism - War on drugs go brrrrrr. Still, stop cracking down on the red shirts and Sam Kib.
    • Dengism - We were friends back when I prime minister during the 2000s but now he makes up baseless conspiracies against me.

    Enemies

    • Network Monarchy - Stop accusing me of trying to topple the Chakri Dynasty.
    • Stratocracy - Screw you for overthrowing me and my sister. The military shouldn't have any say in politics.
    • Jihadism - The War on Terror was based and justified.
    • Berleticism - Who are you? And why are you making up conspiracy theories about me?


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