Thai party criticized for text messages

BANGKOK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The ruling Democrat Party in Thailand potentially violated mobile telephone users' right to privacy by sending out a mass text message, a foundation says.

New Thai government goes to work

BANGKOK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Tuesday the government won't press for an expedited hearing on deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra for graft.

Thailand to host ASEAN summit

BANGKOK, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Thai government Tuesday announced the rescheduled summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will be held in February.

Thailand has new prime minister

BANGKOK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Thailand's parliament Monday elected opposition Democrat Party leader and Oxford-educated Abhisit Vejjajiva, 44, as the next prime minister.

Thaksin accused of hurting Thailand

BANGKOK, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, back in his exile in England, came under attack in his country for criticizing its judiciary.

Thai opposition calls for temple talks

BANGKOK, July 12 (UPI) -- The Thai government should meet with Cambodian officials to settle a territorial dispute over the Preah Vihear temple, a top opposition leader says.

Thai prime minister wins confidence vote

BANGKOK, June 27 (UPI) -- Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and his seven ministers easily won a confidence vote Friday despite opposition charges of mismanagement and inefficiency.

Thailand remains in political turmoil

BANGKOK, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Thai voters go to the polls Sunday with no party expected to win enough of a majority to ease Thailand's political turmoil.

Thai general says junta plans to remain

BANGKOK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The leader of Thailand's military government said Tuesday that the junta plans to stay on to advise a civilian prime minister.

Doubts weigh on TAMC

BANGKOK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Smaller in scope, later than expected, and altogether less ambitious, the Thai Asset Management Corporation is finally open for business.
Abhisit Vejjajiva

Abhisit Vejjajiva ( pronunciation (help·info), Thai: อภิสิทธิ์ เวชชาชีวะ, RTGS: Aphisit Wetchachiwa, IPA: , born 3 August 1964) is the 27th and current Prime Minister of Thailand. He has been the leader of the Democrat Party since February 2005. Abhisit successfully ran for MP in Bangkok under the Democrat Party following the 1991 NPKC military coup. Abhisit quickly rose through party ranks but failed in a bid to become party leader in 2001. He became party leader after the Party's overwhelming defeat in the 2005 elections.

During the 2005-2006 Thai political crisis, Abhisit called for King Bhumibol Adulyadej to bypass constitutional procedure and replace Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Under Abhisit's leadership, senior Democrat Party members accused Thaksin of what they called the Finland Plot, a supposed plan to overthrow the monarchy and establish a republic. Abhisit boycotted the 2006 elections, claiming that they "diverted public attention" from Thaksin's sale of Shin Corp. Abhisit voiced displeasure at the 2006 coup that overthrew Thaksin, but otherwise did not protest it or the military junta that ruled Thailand for over a year. A fact-finding panel at the Attorney-General's Office found that the Democrat Party bribed other parties to boycott the 2006 elections to force a constitutional crisis, and voted to dissolve the party. A junta tribunal acquitted Abhisit and the Democrats of the vote fraud charges, while banning Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai party for similar charges. Abhisit supported the junta's 2007 Constitution, calling it an improvement on the 1997 Constitution. The Democrat Party lost the junta-administered 2007 election to the People's Power Party.

In the crisis that followed, several senior Democrat Party members became leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy, which seized Government House, Don Muang Airport, and Suvarnabhumi Airport, while engaging in violent clashes with police and anti-PAD protesters. The PAD declared that the only person they would accept as Premier was Abhisit. Abhisit voiced displeasure at sieges, but did not stop his deputies from their roles in the PAD. The sieges ended when the Constitutional Court banned the People's Power Party. Army commander and co-leader of the 2006 coup, General Anupong Paochinda, allegedly coerced several PPP MPs, including those from the Friends of Newin Group, to defect to the Democrat Party allowing Abhisit to be elected Prime Minister.

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