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    How Thailand’s Thaksin Shinawatra Went From Prime Minister to Fugitive Abroad and Back Home Again

    How Thailand's Thaksin Shinawatra Went From Prime Minister to Fugitive Abroad and Back Home Again

    (AP) — Thaksin Shinawatra, the billionaire former prime minister of , made a dramatic return home after nearly a decade of self-imposed exile.

    He was detained in a hospital for six months and on Sunday, Thaksin was released on parole for corruption-related offenses.

    Here's a look at what may lie ahead for one of Southeast Asian most controversial politicians:

    HOW DID THAKSIN BECOME POPULAR?

    Thaksin Shinawatra, 74 , was twice elected prime minister, only to see his second term cut short by a coup in 2006.

    A former police official, Thaksin made fortune in telecommunications and used it to found his own Thai Rak Thai party in 1998. He promoted populist policies that appealed to lower income citizens, particularly in rural areas where most voters . He was elected in a landslide victory in 2001, and reelected in 2005.

    His supporters credited him for spreading the benefits of growth in a country with big gaps between rich and poor. He became a symbol of hope for policies benefiting the rural population that was mostly neglected by previous governments. The measures pushed by Thaksin included the universal health care — a major accomplishment — village development funds and support of rural industries and development.

    WHO ARE HIS ENEMIES?

    His massive popularity and unprecedented…

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