Opposition to the current government claims that current Prime Minster Somchai Wongsawat is simply a proxy of Thaksin. Somchai is Thaksin's brother-in-law.
The political conflict involves Thaksin's mostly poor and rural supporters opposed by the educated urban elite.
Thailand braces for phone call from ousted PM
The Associated Press - 4 hours ago
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Thailand's military and police were on alert Saturday as the country braced for fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to speak by telephone at a rally that many fear could spark more political violence.
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