Monday, December 15, 2008

Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai Prime Minister

This is Quote from Time Magazine in 1997

Abhisit resembles a certain heavyweight from the U.S. Democratic Party. But there's one big difference: unlike Bill Clinton, Abhisit didn't grow up in trailer-park country.

NowadaysAbhisit Vejjajiva,is Number 44 of thai prime minister

Early life and education
"Mark" is his nickname, he was born into an elite family in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is well educated After studying at Chulalongkorn University’sDemonstration School, he transferred to Scaitcliffe School (now Bishopsgate School) and Eton College, Abhisit was admitted into St John's College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (first class honours) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He taught briefly at Thailand's Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, but returned to Oxford to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics. He then became a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University. He also earned a Bachelor degree in Law from Ramkhamhaeng University in 1990.
He has great composure and manners, and is an eloquent speaker with strong debating skills.

Entry into politics
Abhisit became Opposition leader after the 2005 election. On his website he says his outstanding achievement was the no-confidence debate on the purchase of the CTX (explosive-detection device) for Suvarnabhumi Airport. He was a Prime Minister's Office Minister handling education reform, bureaucratic reform, and created mechanisms for anti-corruption policies.

Abhisit Vejjajiva and the Democrat Party have been criticised as being backed by the military. They have also been criticised as beneficiaries from the coup against its main opponent - the disbanded Thai Rak Thai Party.
Abhisit's ability to bridge the rural-urban divide is also in question as the Thai Rak Thai's popularity in the North and the Northeast is very strong. His ability to lead veteran politicians in a coalition government is also uncertain.

December 2007 election
The Democrat Party was left in the opposition after the December 2007 parliamentary election, as Samak Sundaravej of the People's Power Party was able to form a six-party coalition. In a parliamentary vote on January 28, 2008, Abhisit was defeated by Samak for the post of Prime Minister, receiving 163 votes against 310 votes for Samak.

Following the removal of prime minister Samak Sundaravej in 2008, Abhisit lost the National Assembly of Thailand vote for Prime Minister of Thailand by 163 votes to 298 for Somchai Wongsawat.On December 2, 2008, the Constitutional Court of Thailand decided to ban the three parties including the PPP, which dissolved the governing coalition. The Court also banned Somchai and removed him from office; he was succeeded by a deputy. When it became clear that another government under the For Thai Party or Puea Thai (the successor of the PPP) was not a viable option the remainder of the Chart Thai Party under Sanan Krachonprasat the Thais United National Development Party and Neutral Democratic Party, almost all except for the Royal People Party decided to back a Democrat led coalition thereby endorsing Abhisit as the next Thailand Prime Minister.Abhisit even gain some supporters from the PPP including about 37 MPs from a PPP faction called "Friends of Newin" (as in Newin Chidchob), thereby securing a majority to form a governing coalition.On December 7 the various parties held a press conference endorsing Abhisit and a Democrat led government.
Finally Abhisit Vejjajiva He was officially named the new prime minister of Thailand after winning a special vote in parliament on December 15, 2008.

- ASI report
- 12/16/08

Reference: TIME


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