influence of Thaksin, who they say is a corrupt crony capitalist who commandeered a fragile democracy and used taxpayers’ money to buy votes with populist giveaways. They wanted a “neutral” interim prime minister to oversee electoral reforms before any new vote. The government and its supporters said a general election was the best way forward and it had proposed polls on Aug. 3, to be followed by reforms. It would probably win such a vote.
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