New Troubles For Prime Minister Thaksin

August 2005
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Aug2005, Vol. 16 Issue 8, p1
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The article focuses on new troubles facing Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra. The troubles intensified in late June after the opposition managed to force a vote of no confidence against the transport minister, Suriya Jungrungreangkit, over alleged kickbacks in the purchase of high-tech baggage scanners for Bangkok's new international airport. The corruption scandal is not the only problem facing Thaksin who less, than six months after his re-election, is finding his credibility threatened on a number of fronts. The main concern for Thaksin at the moment is the economy, which in the first quarter of 2005 decelerated for a fifth consecutive quarter.


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