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Samak ends political role

(BangkokPost.com) - Three People Power party (PPP) core members on Friday evening planned to meet their leader and disqualified prime minister Samak Sundaravej to discuss whether he will carry on running for the premier’s post again or withdraw himself.

The three core members included caretaker premier Somchai Wongsawat, caretaker deputy prime minister and finance minister Surapong Suebwonglee and caretaker justice minister Sompong Amornwiwat.

The parliamentary meeting was rescheduled to next Wednesday by House Speaker Chai Chidchob after less than half of MPs showed up on Friday morning to vote for the new prime minister.

The no-show took place because many coalition parties were reportedly not satisfied with the nomination of Mr Samak by the PPP.

The PPP’s Isaan Pattana (Developed Northeast) faction reported that it is ready to follow the party’s resolution no matter who the candidate may be.

The faction key member and caretaker culture minister, Somsak Kiatsuranont, also turned down the rumours that Mr Samak may quit the PPP to allow other candidate to be voted as prime minister next Wednesday.

Mr Samak as well as Mr Surapong did not resign from the party, Mr Somsak insisted.

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And, can someone please explain to me the reasons that Abbisit would ask to be elected as PM?...I thought he was a "Democrat" (used loosely) How on earth can an "opposition" candidate expect to be elected as PM, when the PPP are in power...this government/country is becoming a laughing stock!

I think they're looking at the possibility of forming a "special coalition" government with participation from opposition MPs in the Cabinet.

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And, can someone please explain to me the reasons that Abbisit would ask to be elected as PM?...I thought he was a "Democrat" (used loosely) How on earth can an "opposition" candidate expect to be elected as PM, when the PPP are in power...this government/country is becoming a laughing stock!

I think they're looking at the possibility of forming a "special coalition" government with participation from opposition MPs in the Cabinet.

Weird, I heard that Baharn was in talk with "higher authority" to form a new government with the "democrats" and that the deal was he will bring with him half of the current coalition members (??). But so far I thought it was after fresh election following the fall of the current government. But as someone said before "Ooops, it was not supposed to happend this way" ???

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And, can someone please explain to me the reasons that Abbisit would ask to be elected as PM?...I thought he was a "Democrat" (used loosely) How on earth can an "opposition" candidate expect to be elected as PM, when the PPP are in power...this government/country is becoming a laughing stock!

well the hope that some PPP leave the party and the other coalition partners change side.

Sound strange for farangs but it is normal here....like buying or selling a party

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And, can someone please explain to me the reasons that Abbisit would ask to be elected as PM?...I thought he was a "Democrat" (used loosely) How on earth can an "opposition" candidate expect to be elected as PM, when the PPP are in power...this government/country is becoming a laughing stock!

I think they're looking at the possibility of forming a "special coalition" government with participation from opposition MPs in the Cabinet.

Weird, I heard that Baharn was in talk with "higher authority" to form a new government with the "democrats" and that the deal was he will bring with him half of the current coalition members (??). But so far I thought it was after fresh election following the fall of the current government. But as someone said before "Ooops, it was not supposed to happend this way" ???

Well Banharn....there is a reason they call him Banharn the Eel.

If he speaks 1 word three lies come out of his mouth.

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And, can someone please explain to me the reasons that Abbisit would ask to be elected as PM?...I thought he was a "Democrat" (used loosely) How on earth can an "opposition" candidate expect to be elected as PM, when the PPP are in power...this government/country is becoming a laughing stock!

with roughly the same popular vote as PPP (although less seats) and being that PPP was always a minority in the house needing to form a coalition, Dems have equal right to try to form a govt if the PPP cannot.

I say bring on another election; with the fear of a few more red cards and slightly more aware voters, I suspect we would end up with a better distribution of votes to form a decent government - one rural idiots/gangster party plus one party for the city folk rather than the mess we have now with several rural idiots/gangster parties together with no brain power among them.

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And, can someone please explain to me the reasons that Abbisit would ask to be elected as PM?...I thought he was a "Democrat" (used loosely) How on earth can an "opposition" candidate expect to be elected as PM, when the PPP are in power...this government/country is becoming a laughing stock!

with roughly the same popular vote as PPP (although less seats) and being that PPP was always a minority in the house needing to form a coalition, Dems have equal right to try to form a govt if the PPP cannot.

I say bring on another election; with the fear of a few more red cards and slightly more aware voters, I suspect we would end up with a better distribution of votes to form a decent government - one rural idiots/gangster party plus one party for the city folk rather than the mess we have now with several rural idiots/gangster parties together with no brain power among them.

Excuse me "rural idiots".

Can't say more or it would be deleted.

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He was referring to the politicians, 'rural idiots/gangster party'.

And he is still right...

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If you forget political correctness for a moment - anyone sincerely voting for PPP needs to have his brain checked. Ok, many thought that they'd bring Thaksin back if they elect PPP, but that was a very tall order, too, not a sign of a mature voter.

Or did they hope that it's possible to have a puppet government and a puppet party running the whole country with TRT and Thaksin pulling the strings in the back? That's downright subversion.

I understand people's love for TRT, I understand their nostalgic feelings, but PPP is simply not the same thing no matter what they say. They didn't have any policies that set them apart like TRT did and they had a moron for a leader who had some spectacular walk-outs when he took to the stage in PPP's heartland.

Far more plausible explanation is that they simply stayed with their gangster pooyais, the devil they know.

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And, can someone please explain to me the reasons that Abbisit would ask to be elected as PM?...I thought he was a "Democrat" (used loosely) How on earth can an "opposition" candidate expect to be elected as PM, when the PPP are in power...this government/country is becoming a laughing stock!

I can't see, on this thread at least, a source for this claim ?

I think they're looking at the possibility of forming a "special coalition" government with participation from opposition MPs in the Cabinet.

So some sort of 'national reconciliation' government, to try to bridge the rift, in the country ? Excellent news, if so.

And Samak departs relatively peacefully after all, having had several months 'at the helm', and having been less of a nominee/puppet than originally feared might have been the case.

Hopefully now, and depending on further announcements from the PPP/coalition, the PAD might now pull back to their former role, of simply highlighting corruption wherever it is found. Which would also be a good thing IMHO.

But it is still very early days... :o

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rural idiots

The rice on your plate, where does it come from ? Answer this question before making such stupid comments !

Edited by Pierrot

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rural idiots/gangster parties together with no brain power among them.

The rice on your plate, where does it come from ? Answer this question before making such stupid comments !

I like to eat rice but still wouldn't allow a farmer to perform my heart surgery if I needed one.

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