New PM chosen in Thailand

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Thailand has a new Prime Minister – the brother-in-law of the ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra.

Somchai Wongsawat won a majority of parliamentary votes, after the six-party ruling coalition gave him his backing.

Commentators say the choice of Somchai will ensure that tension with anti-government protesters continue. They accuse Somchai of merely being Thaksin Shinawatra’s puppet.

The new Prime Minister replaces Samuk Sundaravej who was sacked by a court last week for hosting TV cooking shows while in office.

The anti-government movement the People’s Alliance for Democracy also accused Samuk of being an agent of Thaksin, who was ousted in a coup in 2006.

Demonstrators are vowing to continue their sit-in at the Prime Minister’s official compound, a protest that is now into its third week.