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The Thai Prime Minister has won praise for his handling
of the economy and the tsunami cleanup, but many fear he may
be getting too powerful
WHY THAIS LOVE HIM...
-- GDP growth has averaged 5.2% on his watch
-- Unemployment has dropped to 1.6% from 5.7%
-- Debt-to-GDP ratio has fallen to 48% from 57%
-- Banks' bad-loan ratios are down to 12.5% from 42%
...AND WHAT WORRIES THEM
-- Bird flu that could spread from human to human
-- Rising separatist violence in the south
-- Attempts to muzzle the independent press
-- Conflict of interest with Thaksin businesses