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Thai PM stands down after controversial ballot

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Thai PM stands down after controversial ballot


Thailand’s Prime Minister Tahksin Shinawatra has stepped aside and appointed his deputy to replace him after a controversial weekend ballot.

However, government officials say while Chidchai Vanasathidya will take over the top job, Shinawatra could take the post back if necessary. Thaksin called a snap election in the face of mass protest against his rule and promised to step down if he scored below 50 percent of the vote. In the end he claimed victory, but there was a large number of protest votes, leaving 39 empty seats in parliament. That raises many constitutional questions: how to fill the empty seats, will Thaksin actually leave politics and how can a new prime minister be appointed if parliament is not complete? The opposition say they remain suspicious. Some are vowing to take over the prime minister’s office if it is not confirmed by the end of the month that Thaksin has resigned. Officials are still debating the implications of the weekend ballot.
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