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January 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Thailand's parliament chose the sharp-tongued and combative Samak Sundaravej, a close ally of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, as the country's new prime minister today. The vote for Samak, who heads the People Power Party, is considered a key step to restoring democracy in Thailand after the 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin. Samak's party, a new group backed by Thaksin, won the largest number of seats in elections last month. The PPP heads a coalition of six parties that holds two-thirds of the 480 seats in parliament's lower house.
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September 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Lawmakers have elected the brother-in-law of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as the new prime minister of Thailand. Parliament voted 298 to 163 today in favor of Somchai Wongsawat, 61, who was education minister and is married to Thaksin's younger sister. The previous prime minister, Samak Sundaravej, was ousted this month for appearing on a cooking show. The choice of Somchai was unlikely to disperse anti-government protesters who have been camped at the prime minister's official compound since Aug. 26.
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September 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Lawmakers have elected the brother-in-law of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as the new prime minister of Thailand. Parliament voted 298 to 163 today in favor of Somchai Wongsawat, 61, who was education minister and is married to Thaksin's younger sister. The previous prime minister, Samak Sundaravej, was ousted this month for appearing on a cooking show. The choice of Somchai was unlikely to disperse anti-government protesters who have been camped at the prime minister's official compound since Aug. 26.
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September 10, 2008 | Charles McDermid, Special to The Times
At 6 o'clock Tuesday morning, according to news reports, Thailand's prime minister was enjoying a breakfast of pork soup. Then he went shopping for more food at the Udon Thani market. A few hours later, his love of food cost him his job. The country's Constitutional Court ruled unanimously that Samak Sundaravej, a right-wing populist and famous foodie, must resign his position for getting paid to host television cooking shows while in office. Samak has been the focus of protests that have been roiling Bangkok for weeks.
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September 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Several Thai members of parliament joined demonstrators occupying the prime minister's office in calling for his resignation, but a confident Samak Sundaravej again insisted he would not step down. Samak said he called a joint session to get lawmakers' opinions on how to restore political peace as the protesters, led by the right-wing People's Alliance for Democracy, continued to threaten chaos around the kingdom. The prime minister received key support Saturday from his ruling six-party coalition, which said it would not back calls for dissolving parliament to call new elections.
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September 10, 2008 | Charles McDermid, Special to The Times
At 6 o'clock Tuesday morning, according to news reports, Thailand's prime minister was enjoying a breakfast of pork soup. Then he went shopping for more food at the Udon Thani market. A few hours later, his love of food cost him his job. The country's Constitutional Court ruled unanimously that Samak Sundaravej, a right-wing populist and famous foodie, must resign his position for getting paid to host television cooking shows while in office. Samak has been the focus of protests that have been roiling Bangkok for weeks.
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January 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A party backed by Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced that it would form a government with a coalition of six parties, a move that would be a blow to the generals who staged a coup in 2006 to oust Thaksin. The broad coalition led by the pro-Thaksin People Power Party will hold more than 300 of the 480 seats in the lower house of parliament, party leader Samak Sundaravej said. Samak is expected to become prime minister. The government will be officially installed after the parliament convenes Monday.
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February 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Cabinet packed with politicians tied to ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was sworn in by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej leads a lineup criticized by the news media and the public as unqualified, unsuitable and tainted by allegations of corruption. Samak himself is under investigation for corruption stemming from his tenure as Bangkok's mayor. The new Cabinet includes an interior minister accused of subverting justice and a deputy prime minister who was Thailand's first high-profile politician to be banned from public office temporarily.
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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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August 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Thai police fired tear gas at thousands of right-wing protesters besieging their headquarters, and demonstrators outside the capital disrupted air and rail service in a growing campaign to unseat the prime minister. Saying that Western-style democracy has allowed corruption to flourish, the protesters have said they hope to repeat their success of two years ago, when they helped topple then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej insisted that he would not step down and may declare a state of emergency if rioting worsened.
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September 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Several Thai members of parliament joined demonstrators occupying the prime minister's office in calling for his resignation, but a confident Samak Sundaravej again insisted he would not step down. Samak said he called a joint session to get lawmakers' opinions on how to restore political peace as the protesters, led by the right-wing People's Alliance for Democracy, continued to threaten chaos around the kingdom. The prime minister received key support Saturday from his ruling six-party coalition, which said it would not back calls for dissolving parliament to call new elections.
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January 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Thailand's parliament chose the sharp-tongued and combative Samak Sundaravej, a close ally of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, as the country's new prime minister today. The vote for Samak, who heads the People Power Party, is considered a key step to restoring democracy in Thailand after the 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin. Samak's party, a new group backed by Thaksin, won the largest number of seats in elections last month. The PPP heads a coalition of six parties that holds two-thirds of the 480 seats in parliament's lower house.
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July 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Cambodian general said he had little hope that upcoming talks between his government and Thailand would resolve a tense border dispute that has seen hundreds of troops face off around an ancient temple. Cambodian Brig. Gen. Chea Keo said Thai troops had deployed an artillery piece about half a mile northeast of Preah Vihear temple, the latest escalation before Monday's meeting aimed at averting a military confrontation. He based his pessimism on a recent counterclaim by Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej that the area around a Buddhist pagoda near the temple belongs to Thailand.
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September 2, 2008 | From Reuters
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej declared a state of emergency in Bangkok today and gave the army control of public order after overnight clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters. Later, the Election Commission recommended that the ruling People Power Party be disbanded, but a final court ruling could take months. The commission said the party bought votes in December's election, dealing another blow to Samak's shaky coalition. Under the emergency, public gatherings in the capital will be banned and media reports that "undermined public security" will be restricted.
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