Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thai opposition Democrats favored to win PM vote

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's parliament votes for a new prime minister on Monday, with the opposition Democrats favorites to emerge at the head of a weak coalition government as the economy flirts with recession. Another small political party pledged on Sunday to back Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, who has made reviving the export and tourism-dependent economy his top priority.

Pradit Pataraprasit, secretary general of Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana, told Reuters the party's nine MPs would support Abhisit in the vote scheduled for 9:30 a.m. (0230 GMT).

Parliament is choosing a new prime minister because Somchai Wongsawat, brother-in-law of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, was sacked by the courts after his People Power Party (PPP) was found guilty of fraud in the December 2007 election that brought it to power.

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