Thaksin's Two Priorities

May 2005
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;May2005, Vol. 16 Issue 5, p1
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The article reports that two priorities of re-elected Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, will be to press ahead with economic reform and to reduce violence in the Muslim-majority south. Thaksin is expected to get help from the weakness of the main opposition Democratic Party, and by the appointment of a new cabinet filled with many of the senior figures from the previous administration. His most pressing priority is resolving the problems in the south of the country, where clashes between Muslim separatists and the Thai authorities since the start of 2004 have led to the death of over 600 people.


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