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Thai ruling coalition to submit PM nominee Friday
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21:21, September 10, 2008

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The People Power Party (PPP) of Thailand, the main political party in the ruling coalition, is prepared to submit the name of new prime minister to the House of Representatives this Friday, the party's secretary-general Surapong Suebwonglee said on Wednesday.

Surapong, who is also the caretaking deputy prime minister and finance minister, was quoted by the state-run Thai News Agency as saying that his party was opened to listen to opinions from academics, businessmen and other sectors so that the nomination of new prime minister by the current caretaker administration would be accepted by the society.

He said former prime minister Samak Sundaravej who is PPP leader was also considered as one of the candidates along with other key party leaders and the name of the new premier would be submitted to the House session this Friday.

Moves by PPP to urgently nominate the new prime minister comes after the Constitution Court on Tuesday ruled that Samak violated the charter due to his having hosted cooking shows on commercial television stations and he must leave the office immediately while his cabinet ministers would become caretaking ministers.

Article 267 stipulates that a prime minister is prohibited from holding any position in a partnership, firm or an organization carrying out business with the intention to share profits or income, or being an employee.

However, Samak is not barred from being re-elected prime minister, and his ruling PPP, as well as its five partners in the coalition, have already voiced their support for him to run the country which continues to face political turbulence as anti-government protesters loyal to People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) who took control of Government House on Aug. 26 and have demanded that the government resign without condition.

Retired Maj-Gen. Chamlong Srimuang, a core leader of the PAD, insisted Wednesday that his protesting group would not accept if Samak and his caretaker cabinet ministers return in a new administration.


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