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17 September 2008 :: 07:09:31 am 42458

6 Coalition Parties to Support Somchai as New Pm

BANGKOK, Sept 16 - Thailand's People Power Party along with its five coalition parties announced their support for the nomination of caretaker prime minister Somchai Wongsawat as the new head of government.
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With his endorsement from the ruling coalition, Somchai looks set to be confirmed as prime minister when the House of Representatives convenes on Wednesday.

Samak Sundaravej was forced from office last Tuesday when the Constitutional Court found him guilty of violating the constitution by accepting payments for hosting TV cooking shows.

Leaders of the six coalition parties reiterated their intention to stay together and announced their plan to form a new government to succeed the seven-month old Samak Sundaravej administration.

“The government is not formed to protect any particular party, but it is formed to serve the public and I will do my best to resolve the ongoing problems,” Somchai said at a Tuesday night news conference, flanked by leaders of the other five coalition parties.

Somchai also pledged the new government would let justice run its course in legal issues involving his brother-in-law and a former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Earlier Tuesday, the Democrat Party said it had urged the PPP to review its decision, as Mr. Somchai was linked to Mr. Thaksin’s influence.

“It is hard to deny the ties with some people. However, I’d like to point out that we should look at one’s actions if they are in favour of those ties,” said the PM nominee. Meanwhile, the anti-government People?s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), occupying the Government House

compound since Aug 26, announced it would not accept a prime minister from the PPP. It vowed to continue rallying at Government House until a new political administration was formed. (TNA)

Anti-government protesters do exercise inside Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, early Monday, Sept. 15, 2008. Authorities in Thailand on Sunday lifted a state of emergency imposed in the capital 12 days earlier to control a spiraling political crisis, saying it had only served to scare away tourists. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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