Timor-Leste In 2010: On the Road to Peace and Prosperity?

Dennis Shoesmith

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSoutheast Asian Affairs 2011
    EditorsDaljit Singh
    PublisherInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9789814345040
    ISBN (Print)9789814345026, 9789814345033
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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