Foreign Policy's article by Joshua E. Keating, an associated editor, which was published on Oct. 1 exposed five former presidents and prime ministers as bad Ex-politicians who are still active in politics. Keating started his article by saying, Most ex-presidents and former prime ministers devote their lives to making a positive difference in the world, or at least fade away into obscurity. Here are five former leaders who have done neither.
Heading the list is GERHARD SCHRÖDER , ex-chancellor of Germany (1998-2005), followed by JOSÉ MARÍA AZNAR, ex-prime minister of Spain (1996-2004; OLESEGUN OBASANJO, ex-president of Nigeria (1999-2007); JOSEPH ESTRADA, ex-president of the Philippines (1998-2001). He is described by Keating as Action-movie-star-turned-president Joseph Estrada was ousted in 2001 after serving less than half his term amid a flurry of corruption charges. Estrada has also admitted to having numerous children out of wedlock and reportedly made crucial policy decisions with the help of a "midnight cabinet" of old drinking buddies. He was finally convicted of "plunder" in 2007 and sentenced to life imprisonment, but was pardoned by his successor, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, just a few weeks later under a deal in which he promised not to go back into politics.
And the fifth one is Thailand's indisputable champion of corruption, THAKSIN SHINAWATRA the most scandalous Ex- prime minister of Thailand. Here is what Mr. Keating describes Thaksin.
Old job: Prime minister of Thailand, 2001-2006
New image: Since being deposed in a 2006 coup amid allegations of graft and human rights abuses, Thaksin has lived a peripatetic existence. The former billionaire businessman has served as a "special ambassador" for Nicaragua and an economic advisor in Cambodia, and was briefly owner of the Manchester City* soccer club. Thaksin reportedly lived under a false name in Germany for more than a year and has used illegally received passports from a number of other countries as well. He now makes his home in Dubai.
This year, Thaksin's supporters, known as "red shirts," occupied central Bangkok and stormed government buildings throughout the country in an effort to force the government to step down. Around 90 people were killed in the ensuing clashes between often-armed protesters and police before the two sides agreed to a cease-fire. Thai courts charged Thaksin in absentia for his role in fomenting the protests. Although Thaksin was vocally supportive of the red shirts -- he once called into a rally and promised "to make all Thais rich" if his supporters were able to regain political power -- he denies funding their efforts. He has also been convicted on additional corruption charges since going into exile, though he maintains that those charges are politically motivated.
Since the red shirts' defeat, Thaksin has cut back on his media appearances and political activities. In August, he gave up his position with the Cambodian government, helping ease relations between the two countries.
*The text was corrected from "Manchester United soccer team" to "Manchester City soccer club."
The followings are comments made by readers of the article:
Most of Thai peoples need Thaksin and his whole family will dead immediately
He stole money from his motherland and burn own country pay the bad money for bomb and destroy the country that he born He say to his gang if he not get Thailand no one can live happily
THAI IN US
11:19 AM ET
October 10, 2010
I think many Thais who voted for his party the first time including me and he became Thai prime minister. However, since then I couldn't believe how so wrong I was to elect his party. He always says he never involves with all violences in Bangkok but he has the connection and influence to stop all the conflicts but he decides to let his supporters burn business buildings and let them to die for his own cause what's such a selfish and coward things to do. Any bad things happen in Thailand he always says that he's not involved but all evidences suggest otherwise. I hope that he will look back and see how he badly hurts his motherland economically, socially, and politically. Please Thaksin if you still think that you are a decent human being, you should find the way to amend your mistakes and help Thai people to come together and live in harmony.
8:57 PM ET
October 10, 2010
Thaksin Shinawara is an unknown and unclassified animal is capable of scaring people by cheating all people in Thailand, his own nation. He is a great pretender and corruptor and yet a traitor. He is the worst of the worst animal on this planet.
9:49 PM ET
October 10, 2010
Facts About Criminal Thaksin Shinawatra Former Prime Minister of Thailand, NO Home Land International Terrorist!
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