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Thai protests to go on amid uncertainty over PM vote

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Thai protests to go on amid uncertainty over PM vote


Thailand’s political crisis looks set to continue with protesters saying they will not accept anyone from the main party as prime minister. Their occupation of government headquaters helped oust Samak Sundaravey as premier. But his People Power Party has said it will seek to re-elect him in a parliamentary vote.

On Tuesday the country’s constitional court ordered him to stand down after finding him guilty of violating the constitution by hosting TV cooking shows while in office.

The anti-government campaigners accuse Samak of being a puppet of the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawtra, who was forced out by a military coup in 2006. They have been occupying the compound of the prime minister’s office for more than two weeks.

Parliament is due to elect a new prime minister on Friday. But at the moment it does not look like the vote will break the deadlock.

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