The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.
By United Press International

New arrest warrant for Thaksin

BANGKOK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Thailand's Supreme Court Tuesday issued a new arrest warrant for ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in the midst of political turmoil in the country.

Bangkok state of emergency lifted

BANGKOK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Thai government lifted a 2-week-old state of emergency in Bangkok as the country prepared to pick the next prime minister to succeed Samak Sundaravej.

Thailand postpones prime minister election

BANGKOK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Aides say former Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej will not seek to regain the post he lost over accepting payment for hosting cooking shows.

Party to re-nominate Thai prime minister

BANGKOK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, sacked by a court for appearing on a TV cooking show, accepted his party's decision to re-nominate him, sources said.

Court tells Samak to resign

BANGKOK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Beleaguered Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was ordered by a constitutional court Tuesday to step down for hosting a cooking show while in office.

Thai PM says he won't quit

BANGKOK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, who has imposed a state of emergency in Bangkok amid mounting political pressure, said Thursday he won't resign.

State of emergency declared in Bangkok

BANGKOK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Tuesday declared a state of emergency in Bangkok after government supporters and opponents clashed in the capital.

Thai PM vows not to resign, holds session

BANGKOK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej says he won't resign despite widespread street protests calling for his ouster.

Protesters face riot cops in Bangkok

BANGKOK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Protest leaders in Thailand said they were prepared for arrest as Bangkok riot police squared off with thousands of anti-government demonstrators.

Protesters seize central Bangkok

BANGKOK, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Thousands of protesters paralyzed central Bangkok Tuesday in an effort to oust the government of Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.

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.

Thai PM says he will not resign

BANGKOK, June 22 (UPI) -- The prime minister of Thailand accused the news media Sunday of paying too much attention to protesters demanding his resignation.

Thai protesters want PM to resign

BANGKOK, June 20 (UPI) -- Protesters scuffled with police Friday in Bangkok in an attempt to garner Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's resignation, media officials say.
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Samak Sundaravej (June 13, 1935 – November 24, 2009) (Thai: สมัคร สุนทรเวช; RTGS: Samak Suntharawet) was a Thai Chinese politician who briefly served as the Prime Minister of Thailand and Minister of Defense in 2008, as well as the leader of the People's Power Party in 2008.

Samak was born in Bangkok, Thailand to Phraya Bumrungrajabhariphan (Samien Sundaravej) and his wife Khunying Umphan Bumrungrajabhariphan (Umphan Sundaravej). He was of Chinese ancestry (ancestral surname Lee (李)) and had five siblings. Samak studied at Saint Gabriel's College and Assumption Commercial College, then graduating from Thammasat University. He also received diplomas from Chulalongkorn University and Bryant & Stratton College.

Besides being a politician, Samak was a well-known television chef. For seven years before the military coup of September 2006, he had hosted a cooking show called Tasting, Ranting on the Thailand ITV television network and on Royal Thai Army Radio and Television. He said that when he became Prime Minister, he would also resume his career as a TV chef and did. However, it is illegal for a government minister to hold another job, and on September 9, 2008, the full bench of the Constitutional Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for him to work in a private company, (Thailand ITV) and disqualified him from office.

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