Эпоха Таксина в Азии?

В результате ухода с переднего края политики таких руководителей, как Ли Куан Ю (Сингапур) и Махатир Мохамед (Малайзия), Юго-Восточная Азия лишилась своих главных лидеров. Может ли премьер-министр Таиланда Таксин Шинаватра заполнить образовавшийся в регионе вакуум?

Ряд смелых шагов этого политика во внешней политике – «Диалог по азиатскому сотрудничеству», «Стратегия экономического сотрудничества», направленная на развитие континентальной Юго-Восточной Азии, а также высказывание США о Таиланде как о «важнейшем союзнике из числа не входящих в НАТО» – привлек международное внимание к Таиланду в течение первого срока его нахождения у власти. Прошлогодняя вспышка насилия на юге Таиланда, населенном преимущественно мусульманами, казалось, подорвала его честолюбивые планы, но более чем убедительная победа его партии Таи Рак Таи (ТРТ) на выборах в феврале прошлого года дала его заявке на региональное лидерство новый шанс.

Теперь, когда ТРТ захватила более 75% мест в нижней палате парламента, Таксин в своей стране политически неуязвим. Действительно, он стал первым избранным лидером Таиланда, который доработал до конца четырехлетний срок у власти, был переизбран и теперь председательствует в однопартийном парламенте. Лидерство Таксина в таиландской политике беспрецедентно, а его неувядающая, несмотря на переменчивость электората, популярность не имеет себе равных.

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