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World Briefing / THAILAND

Party stands by prime minister

September 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Thailand's biggest party endorsed its leader to resume the prime ministership when the issue is referred today to parliament, despite his ouster by a court this week.

Opponents of Samak Sundaravej said that returning him to office -- or selecting one of his supporters -- would intensify protests by the People's Alliance for Democracy, whose members have been camped out in the prime ministerial office complex for more than two weeks. Some analysts warned that Samak's reelection could bring instability, economic chaos and even a military coup.

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