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Thaksin Isan love affair in full bloom

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There has been much speculation that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra might dissolve the parliament and call for a snap election later in the year. A wide variety of reasons have been given for why this could happen. But snap or not, as even the opposition Democrat Party has admitted, Pheu Thai would still win. 

There are a variety of reasons that can be cited for this as well, but there's that is the most credible. One only has to read Paul Carsten and Pairat Temphairojana's report in the Bangkok Post's midyear economic review to understand it. Traditionally the country's poorest region, Isan today is rocking, rolling in the money. It's an economic success. Who should be credited for this success? Well, that depends on who you ask.

Thaksin Shinawatra supporters would see it as the result of various incarnations of his political machine _ Thai Rak Thai, the People Power Party and the current Pheu Thai Party - truly enriching their lives and bringing prosperity to the Isan region.

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