Thai protesters deny weapons allegations

BANGKOK, June 7 (UPI) -- Protesters calling for the dismissal of Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej reject allegations they are hiding secret weapons, officials say.

Thai anti-government protesters hold firm

BANGKOK, June 1 (UPI) -- Anti-government protesters maintained their positions in front of a U.N. building in Bangkok Sunday ignoring official demands to disperse, officials said.

Another cyclone threatens Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar, May 14 (UPI) -- Barely 12 days after Cyclone Nargis laid waste vast regions of Myanmar, the poor Asian country faced the threat of another storm churning in the Bay of Bengal.

Thailand rice exports to continue

BANGKOK, April 28 (UPI) -- Thailand won't move to ban rice exports to battle rising food costs, as other countries have done, government leaders said Monday.

Residents near Bangkok airport make threat

BANGKOK, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Several people living close to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport have threatened to disrupt area air travel unless their noise complaints yield results.

Thai PM cautious about Thaksin's return

BANGKOK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said this week the scheduled return of his deposed predecessor, Thaksin Shinawatra, should be approached cautiously.

Thaksin supporters fill new Thai gov't

BANGKOK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra have been included in Thailand's new government, which was sworn in Wednesday by King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Pro-Thaksin party wins Thai court ruling

BANGKOK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Thailand's Supreme Court Friday cleared the way for new government formation by the People Power Party, seen as supporting ousted Premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

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.
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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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