Tuesday, 25 May 2010

15 Striking similarities between Thaksin and Berlusconi

Thaksin Shinawatra
Thai ex-pm / Icon redshirt party
Silvio Berlusconi
Italian pm
1Leader of a nationalist populistic party with the country/peoples name in it
2Entered politics in 1994
3Ex-minister of foreign affairs
4Became prime-minister in 2001
5Authoritarian ruler, manipulating people though rhetoric and demagogy
6Finished office in 2006
7Longest ruling prime minister in the country's history
8Entrepreneur, media magnate
9Owned/Owns a Major league Football club and gained other positions with conflict of interest
10Published a book to glorify their leadership
11Changed laws and made foreign visits solely for the purpose of private benefit
12Put family at important positions in (former) company during terms of office
13Company stock rose considerably during office
15Faced multiple court cases concerning bribery, fraud, and corruption

* Berlusconi was re-elected in April 2008.
** Not yet convicted

Sources: Thaksin_Shinawatra Wikinotablebiographies.com
Silvio_Berlusconi, Wikitelegraph.co.uk

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