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Thailand Elect Leader Of Democratic Party Abhisit Vejjajiva as The Country’s New Prime Minister…

Thailand has elected British born, Eton and Oxford educated, Abhisit Vejjajiva as the country’s new Prime Minister.

Mr Abhisit, who is known as “Mark Vejj” by his friends in the UK, is the leader of Thailand’s Democratic Party and is now the country’s fourth Prime Minister this year.

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Recently elected in place of former Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, who’s government was dismissed and dissolved by the High Court, Mr Abhisit now pledges to repair Thailand’s economy.

“We will restore confidence within the next two or three months,” he said on the eve of the vote.

Economists believe the protests, which brought Bangkok’s international airport to a standstill, may have knocked several whole percentage points off Thailand’s economy due to lost tourism, lost exports and damage to investor confidence.

Critics are now demanding Mr Abhisit punish the protest’s leaders, one of whom is a senior MP in his own party.

During the week long demonstrations at both of Bangkok’s airports, Mr Abhisit did not condemn the protests that brought Thailand’s tourism and import/export trade to a standstill.

There is also speculation that the army was responsible for for organizing or coercing Mr Abhisit’s supporters.

The recent vote is quite a turn around for Mr Abhisit who was heavily defeated in a general election a year ago.

The contest was won then by the People Power Party (PPP), supporters of the exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was overthrown in a military coup in 2006.

Mr Thaksin is adored by the poor majority for his policies on cheap health care and cheap credit. But he is despised by the middle class, the military and the elite in the royal palace, who accuse him and his allies of corruption and disloyalty to the monarchy.

Despite the allegations of corruption against the former governments, the recent election did not take place without discrepancies.

Some reports claim political organizers were offered sums of up to £1 million to buy an MP’s vote, while others were persuade to take “sick leave” and not turn up to parliament.

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