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    Re: PM Samak Found Guilty: Must Resign

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    About 5,000 students are expected to join the rally, he added.

    The group will meet at 8am at the Makkawan Rangsan bridge before parading to the Parliament.
    Students? 8 AM? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?!

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    Police to reinforce security for House vote on PM


    About 1,000 policemen will be deployed on Friday at Parliament in order to ensure peace during the House vote to elect the prime minister, police spokesman Lt General Watcharaphol Prasanratchakit said on Thursday.

    Protesters led by the People's Alliance for Democracy are expected to hold a rally. The protesting students, from Young PAD, will join in the demonstration.

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    Re: PM Samak Found Guilty: Must Resign

    People Power Party splits over Samak's nomination

    People Power Party split on Thursday afternoon on the re-nomination of Samak Sundaravej for the post of prime minister.

    If Samak is nominated in the Parliament to take the post of prime minister on Friday, a group of 70 PPP MP will abstain, said PPP MP Preecha Rengsombunsuk.

    The group will not attend a meeting of the party scheduled around 6pm, he said.

    Meanwhile PPP spokesman Kudeb Saikrajang said nomination of Samak was agreed in a party meeting. He said discussion is needed with the group to settle the difference of opinions.

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    Bangkok Post reports these MP's are from the North and Northeast and say Samak's re-election will only increase the violence and divisions in the country.

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    Re: PM Samak Found Guilty: Must Resign

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    About 1,000 policemen will be deployed on Friday at Parliament in order to ensure peace during the House vote to elect the prime minister
    That's nothing. The PAD will eat them as a snack. After the poor performance of the police force these past few weeks, I have lost any little respect I had for them. The whole area around government house is basically lawless. The police don't dare enter that area.

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    Re: PM Samak Found Guilty: Must Resign

    Army chief backs unity government
    By Wassana Nanuam

    Army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda has backed the idea of a national unity government floated by the Democrat party and suggested the emergency decree should also be lifted.

    Gen Anupong said a government of national unity could be the best solution to the political stalemate.

    He conceded, however, that it would be difficult to implement since politicians would need to sacrifice their own interests.

    The new prime minister to be chosen by the coalition parties should be someone who could ease tensions and provide solutions to the conflict, he said.

    The army chief, who heads a committee in charge of enforcing the emergency decree, also revealed he has recommended that caretaker prime minister Somchai Wongsawat lift the emergency decree imposed on Bangkok on Sept 2.

    Representatives from 20 various organisations concluded after a meting with him that the decree had damaged Thai society and should be lifted, Gen Anupong said.

    Enforcing the decree in the present circumstances would only make the situation worse. Both the military and police agreed that the political conflict could be controlled by enforcing ordinary laws, the army chief said.

    Since Sept 2, the military has approached parties to the dispute and persuaded them to avoid creating conditions that could lead to violence.

    Gen Anupong said people had the constitutional right to gather and voice their opinions. However, the conflict could never be solved if parties concerned refused to compromise.

    The opposition Democrat party on Thursday called on the six coalition parties to support the party's proposal for a national unity government.

    Democrat secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban said his party disagreed with any political change by unconstitutional means. It also disagreed with any attempt to amend the constitution to pave the way for an unelected person to become prime minister.

    Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said his proposed national government would give people outside political parties a role in political affairs. The national unity government would be made up of all parties and its term would be short because of a lack of opposition parties in the House.

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    Re: PM Samak Found Guilty: Must Resign

    The tension grows
    By Bangkok Post Reporters

    A coalition revolt that includes members of the People Power party is threatening to sink the chances of Samak Sundaravej returning as Prime Minister.

    The dissidents fear that if Mr Samak returned to lead the government, the political crisis that has shaken Thailand for the past several months and led to numerous violent incidents could deepen.

    Despite being nominated by the PPP to be prime minister on Thursday, there is no guarantee Mr Samak will resume the post when lawmakers in the House vote for a new premier.

    A highly-placed source at Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana party said the party thought it was not wise to nominate Mr Samak as prime minister again as public opposition to him has not waned.

    Other coalition parties also disagreed with efforts to have him re-elected.

    Chart Thai deputy leader and Agriculture Minister Somsak Prissananantakul confirmed the party disagreed with Mr Samak's return.

    A source at Puea Pandin said key party executives, including Phinij Jarusombat and Preecha Laohapongchana, would not vote for him.

    A source at Chart Thai said last night that ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra had contacted Chart Thai leader Banharn Silpa-archa for his support on Mr Samak or face a House dissolution.

    Core leaders of the PPP on Thursday held a meeting at the party's headquarters to choose a candidate for the post of prime minister.

    Key figures at the meeting included Yongyuth Tiyapairat, Transport Minister Santi Promphat, Yaowapa Wongsawat, a younger sister of Mr Thaksin, and former Thai Rak Thai executives Chaturon Chaisaeng and Newin Chidchob.

    Supporters of Mr Samak said traditionally, a party leader must be named as a candidate for the post. Mr Samak has strong leadership skills and deserved to be chosen to lead the government.

    A source said Mr Thaksin was confident Mr Samak was the only one who could handle the anti-government rally led by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD).

    But his opponents warned the return of Mr Samak could worsen the political situation. The PPP leader has another court case waiting for him, they added.

    The Appeals Court's verdict on the defamation lawsuits filed against Mr Samak and former prime minister's office minister Dusit Siriwan, by former deputy Bangkok governor Samart Ratchapolsitte, is expected on Sept 25.

    The Criminal Court found Mr Samak and Mr Dusit guilty on four counts of defaming Mr Samart during their TV talk shows between Jan 12 and Jan 19, 2006. The court sentenced them to 24 months in jail, with no suspension. Mr Samak has appealed.

    If the Appeals Court upholds the verdict, Mr Samak will face jail unless he takes his case to the Supreme Court.


    After the meeting, Mr Chaturon, Mr Santi and Mr Yongyuth went to Mr Samak's residence to tell him about party members' differing opinions on his proposed nomination.

    Afterwards, party spokesman Kudep Saikrachang said Mr Samak came to the party's head office and confirmed his intention to make a comeback as prime minister.

    According to Mr Kudep, Mr Samak said he agreed to be nominated because he wanted to safeguard democracy.

    PPP deputy leader and caretaker Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat said Mr Samak is suited to take the post of prime minister again.

    Caretaker Finance Minister Surapong Suebwonglee said he told the coalition parties that in principle Mr Samak, as leader of the party with the majority of House seats, should be nominated as prime minister.

    However, not all PPP members agreed. About 70 MPs, including the Isan Pattana faction, did not think Mr Samak was a prudent option.

    Nakhon Ratchasima MP Pol Lt-Col Somchai Phetpartsert of the PPP said the 70 MPs will exercise their rights under the constitution to abstain from either voting or to vote against Mr Samak.

    "We want a person who is acceptable to all sides and can work together with other groups to solve the country's problems, not a person who is ready to stoke controversy," Pol Lt-Col Somchai said.

    PAD leader Sonthi Limthongkul urged more demonstrators to take to the streets to show their opposition to Mr Samak.

    Army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda instructed First Army commander Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha to put more than 5,000 soldiers on stand-by in case they are needed to help police secure parliament.

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    Re: PM Samak Found Guilty: Must Resign

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Barrow View Post
    That's nothing. The PAD will eat them as a snack. After the poor performance of the police force these past few weeks, I have lost any little respect I had for them. The whole area around government house is basically lawless. The police don't dare enter that area.
    I think the police, the military, and PAD, have set a bad precedent for the future - but time will tell I suppose.

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    PM nomination postponed after House fails to make quorum again

    The nomination of candidates for the post of prime minister was postponed to next Wednesday after the House failed to make a quorum at 9:52 am Friday. After the Democrat nominated party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva to the post, the People Power Party called for a quorum checking. The checking found that the House failed to make quorum as coalition MPs would not identify their presence. House speaker Chai Chidchob then ordered the meeting to be postponed to Wednesday. He closed the meeting at 9:56 am.

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    Re: PM Samak Found Guilty: Must Resign

    Samak leaves Parliament immediately after PM voting adjourned


    Former prime minister Samak Sundaravej left Parliament at 10 am after the session for the nomination of a new prime minister was adjourned to Wednesday.

    Samak declined to answer questions of reporters on his political future.

    He face looked stern and People Power Party MP Nisit Sinthuprai, who walked after him, told him: "Please smile a little bit, boss".

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    Re: PM Samak Found Guilty: Must Resign

    Caretaker PM says 'no thought of House dissolution'

    Caretaker prime minister Somchai Wongsawat on Friday reaffirmed he had never thought of dissolving the House of Representatives although members of Parliament of the ruling coalition partners failed to present themselves to the House session Friday morning.

    "I have never considered this matter," he said in response to a question by reporters as to whether he would dissolve the House to end the political deadlock after a number of MPs failed to join the House session.

    Mr Somchai, currently acting prime minister said the House session held to vote for a new prime minister was adjourned until Wednesday because the quorum of the meeting was incomplete.

    Such an adjournment is considered a normal process, he said, however, adding that now each party had to hold a new discussion.

    Asked whether the People Power Party of which he is a deputy leader would nominate a new candidate as prime minister in place of Samak Sundaravej, Mr Somchai said he was in a position to give the answer because it needed a prior consultation with members of the party, which is expected to take place in next one or two days.

    Asked if he still personally supported Mr Samak as a candidate for the premiership, he said he could not yet give an opinion on the matter. (TNA)

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