A Mixed Record

January 2001
Thaksin and his new Thai Rak Thai party sweep to victory in the general election. He promises to revive the depressed rural economy and to crack down on corruption and drugs.

August 2001
In an 8-7 decision, the Thai Constitutional Court clears Thaksin of concealing his business assets while in public office. A conviction could have meant a five-year ban from politics. Learning of the verdict, a jubilant Thaksin declares that Thailand is "open for business again."

January 2003
A Cambodian mob trashes the Thai embassy...

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