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Thaksin's Scorecard


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


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