Corruption Is Strangling Thailand

Economic growth in yet another Asian country is being threatened by political corruption. In Thailand, where the relationship between making money and making public policy has always been close, the government of Banharn Silpa-archa has gone too far. In just one year of office, the Prime Minister has been plagued by banking scandals, defense contract kickbacks, and sharp criticism over the undermining of the Finance Ministry by corrupt political loyalists. One coalition partner has already quit the government, and a censure vote in Parliament is scheduled for Sept. 10. It may be time for the Prime Minister to consider stepping down to pave the way for a cleaner government.

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