Abhisit Vejjajiva endorsed as Thailand's new prime minister by King
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    BANGKOK, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- The King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej on Wednesday signed a royal decree to appoint Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva as Thailand's 27th prime minister.

    Parliament President Chai Chidchob received the royal decree from the King at the royal residence in Hua Hin, the beach resort town some 200 km south to Bangkok.

    Abhisit, leader of Democrat Party, was elected Thailand's 27th prime minister after a House voting on Monday, taking place Somchai Wongsawat, who lost his premiership with a court verdict on Dec. 2 that disbanded his People Power Party and banned all executives from politics.

    The Democrat Party has been joined with at least four other smaller parties and factions of MPs to form a new coalition government.

    The line-up of the Abhisit cabinet is expected to be completed by Thursday, said Democrat Party's secretary-general Suthep Thuagsuban earlier on Wednesday.


Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva elected as Thailand's new PM

Abhisit Vejjajiva attends a news conference after being voted in as the prime minister of Thailand in Bangkok Dec. 15 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    BANGKOK, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva was elected as Thailand's new prime minister at a special voting session in the House of Representatives on Monday.

    Official tally results, as announced by House Speaker Chai Chidchob at around 11:30 a.m. (0430 GMT), showed Abhisit gained 235 votes from the total 437 incumbent members of parliament in the House, against the 198 votes for the other candidate -- Puea Thai Party leader Pracha Promnok.  Full story

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