Thai ruling party to renominate Samak as PM Wednesday 2008-09-09 22:48:55   Print
PPP will call an urgent meeting to renominate Samak Sundaravej as prime minister.
If Samak turns down the nomination, the PPP would propose an alternate candidate.
Banharn denied he would succeed Samak as the new premier.

Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej sits before judges at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok September 8, 2008. Thailand's Constitutional Court will rule on Tuesday whether Samak violated the constitution by hosting television cooking shows while in office, a judge said on Monday.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    BANGKOK, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's People Power Party (PPP), the core of the six-party coalition government, will call an urgent meeting with its coalition partners on Wednesday to renominate Samak Sundaravej as prime minister, according to the party's deputy leader Kan Thiankaew.

    Kan made the remarks on Tuesday after the Constitution Court earlier on the day ruled that Samak was in violation of the supreme law for conflict of interests by hosting two paid TV cooking shows, thus disqualified Samak as prime minister immediately.

    If Samak turns down the nomination, said Kan, the PPP would propose an alternate candidate.

    But he dismissed some media speculation that Banharn Silapa-archa, the leader of PPP's coalition partner Chart Thai Party, would be a candidate for the replacement.

    Banharn, a weathered politician in Thailand, also denied on Tuesday that he would succeed Samak as the new premier.

    Tuesday's court verdict required the step-down of Samak and the whole cabinet. But the Cabinet is allowed to act as the caretaker government pending the formation of a new one.

    The PPP has also indicated that it would push for a quick vote at the House of Representatives to reinstall Samak in office by Friday, if possible.

    But House Speaker Chai Chidchob on Tuesday expressed uncertainty about the date, by saying that under the parliamentary rules, MPs need to be notified about the vote three days in advance.

 Thai PM convicted by constitution court, losing premiership

    BANGKOK, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Constitution Court of Thailand on Tuesday ruled the Prime Minister and Defense Minister Samak Sundaravej violates the charter by hosting cooking shows on TV programs after he took the premiership in January. The ruling means Samak's premiership is revoked.

    The court voted unanimously to give a guilty verdict against Samak and disqualified him as the prime minister. Full story

Thai PM testifies to Constitution Court

    BANGKOK, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Monday morning testified to the Constitution Court to defend himself regarding his hosting of a television cooking program, for which he is accused of violating the Constitution.

    Samak had hosted television cooking shows on a commercial television station in the past and continued after taking office in February this year.  Full story

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