In 2010 Timor-Leste continued its second year of relative political stability after earlier crises. Division between Prime Minister Gusmao and two of the parties in his AMP coalition government signalled, however, a destabilizing development in national politics. The Prime Minister attacked his second Deputy Prime Minister and his Foreign Minister, both senior leaders in the PSD party, forcing the Deputy Prime Minister to resign. The Prime Minister promoted, on a country-wide tour, a highly ambitious development plan. The plan, which involves large-scale spending from the Petroleum Fund, may be driven as much by his strategy to win voter support in the forthcoming and critical 2012 elections. The larger risk is that "money politics" will subvert democratic politics in Timor-Leste.
|Title of host publication||Southeast Asian Affairs 2011|
|Publisher||Institute of Southeast Asian Studies|
|Number of pages||16|
|ISBN (Print)||9789814345026, 9789814345033|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|