Thaksin Shinawatra (Thai: ทักษิณ ชินวัตร, IPA: [tʰáksǐn tɕʰinwát] (help·info); born July 26, 1949) is a controversial Thai politician who served as prime minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006 as leader of the now banned Thai Rak Thai Party. He was deposed by a military coup in 2006.
"Those provinces that give their trust in Thai Rak Thai will be our priorty" -- [31 Oct 2005] []
"If only His Majesty the King whisper to me, Please quit, Thaksin, I will quit immediately," -- [4 Feb 2006] radio address. []
"I came here as prime minister but left as an unemployed man," said while leaving New York after he was deposed as interim prime minister in the 2006 Thailand coup d'état while he was at the United Nations headquarters.