» 12/15/2008, 00.00
Abhisit Vejjajiva is the new prime minister of Thailand
In a special session parliament elects Democrat Party leader by 37 votes against Pracha Promnok, backed by the old coalition government. Abhisit will be the fifth prime minister in just over two years. His election provokes protests by supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Somchai Wongsawat new Thai prime minister
Parliament approves the brother-in-law of exiled former PM Thaksin by a margin of 298 votes out of 480. He is expected to lead the country towards reconciliation but his family ties to the former Thai leader undermine his credibility.
Upbeat, Sundaravej announces his new cabinet
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej expects to present his new cabinet to the king. Meanwhile he is getting best wishes and congratulations from everybody. After 16 months of military rule problems have become more urgent. Burmese refugees in Thailand are hopeful but also apprehensive.
New government takes over in Bangkok amidst barricades, teargas and 60 wounded
Demonstrators belonging to the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) want the resignation of the prime minister, a relative of Thaksin, and a change to the electoral law, too favourable to the rural majority deemed uneducated and manipulable.
First post-coup elections underway
Some 18 Parties are competing for 480 seats to be decided on December 23. The Democratic Party is going head-to-head with the People’s Power Party which still backs ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, now in exile after last year’s military takeover.
Opposition wants Thaksin to step aside . . . for good
PM's resignation is not enough. Three opposition parties want Thaksin to quit party leadership. A leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy calls for light to be shed on how public companies were managed under the Thaksin administration. It also calls for a probe into election.
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