If he doesn’t make it home in the near future, former Premier Thaksin Shinnawatr may accept the invitations from leaders of one of these five countries to become honorary citizens or economic advisers. Do you want to guess which one of these is his real favourite:
1. Bermuda. A British overseas territory in the North Atlandtic Ocean, about 1,770 kms northeast of Miami, Florida. It has 138 islands, with a total area of 53.3 square kilometres. Population: 66,163.
2. The Bahamas. An independent, sovereign English-speaking country, consisting of 2,000 cays and 700 islands. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the US. Population: About 330,000.
3. Central African Republic. A landlocked country in Central Africa. One of the poorest countries in the world. Population: 4.2 million.
4. Chad. Located next to Central African Republic. Sometimes referred to as “Dead Heart of Africa” because of its distance from the sea and largely desert climate. Population: 10 million.
5. Togo. A narrow country in West Africa. Mostly dependent on agriculture. Population around 6 million.
The list may not be limited to these five countries. If the world thinks Thaksin won’t be returning to Thailand to fight the series of cases against him, more countries may try to lure him to become their citizen. That should keep Thaksin busy for many years to come.
Thaksin will not settle down in UAE– Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but had no plan to live there. The Thai consulate in Dubai revealed the then-premier had no plan to permanently live in the UAE though he went there, according to foreign agencies.
Ex-Thai PM Thaksin has flown to Dubai – Ousted Thai prime minister and former Manchester City Football Club owner Thaksin Shinawatra has flown to Dubai after divorcing his wife in Hong Kong. The UAE has no extradition treaty with Thailand.
by Arabian Business staff writer on Sunday, 16 November 2008
Thaksin to be welcomed well in Bahamas– Bangkok – The Bahamas government is ready to send its envoy to ask for the world community’s certification for allowing the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to set up his government in exile.
So, what’s the deal with Bahamas?– While democratically mature nations like the United Kingdom are denying entry to convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman, smaller countries like the Bahamas are welcoming them with open arms. Or so say reports
Thaksin Homeless (Nov 10, 2008)– They push me into the corner, “I will keep traveling. I’m leaving Beijing at the moment”
Thaksin Shinawatra to be allowed into Malaysia– Malaysia will allow Thaksin Shinawatra, the ousted Thai premier to travel through its territory, Rais Yatim, the Foreign Minister has confirmed.However it is not certain that Malaysia would grant asylum to the former Prime Minister.
Stranded in Dubai? –Now between China, Bahamas and Dubai, Thaksin is most likely to pick Dubai as his new base
Thaksin may head for the United Arab Emirates (Nov 11, 2008) – “If he can’t go anywhere, he plans to stay long in Dubai,” one Thaksin aide said on condition of anonymity
China emerges as likely for new home for Thaksin (Nov 11, 2008)
Thailand’s Thaksin Looks for a New Base -A fugitive in Thailand and barred from returning to his temporary home in London after British authorities withdrew his visa, deposed Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is now looking for a new base from which to combat his critics.
Thaksin’s asylum bid in jeopardy– The United Kingdom’s visa ban on deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman has rocked their effort to seek political asylum overseas.
Thaksin would move into the new mansion in China if he could no longer stay in Britain.
The Bahamas, an archipelago country in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida, has also emerged as a likely new home for Thaksin and family. He and his wife have reportedly been granted honorary citizenship there
Noppadon Pattama, who once served as Thaksin’s lawyer, said yesterday that he expected the ex-PM to live in an Asian country such as China. He said many countries were willing to grant Thaksin a visa.