Timor-Leste’s Dangerous Political Union

Ironically, a peaceful transition of power is threatening to undermine democracy in Timor-Leste. Dr. Geoffrey Swenson, senior researcher with the Rule of Law program, gives background and explains why it matters in The Diplomat.

“While political unity sounds ideal, it can be a mortal threat to democracy.  The danger is particularly grave where the institutions of representative government are still being consolidated and the political class is insular enough to construct an exclusive governing clique.”

Dr. Geoffrey Swenson

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