Thailand's new PM cannot fix political rift

Thailand has a new prime minister but the same old problems.

Thailand's ruling politicians yesterday elected Somchai Wongsawat as their new prime minister after a week of backroom haggling between various factions. He is a bizarre compromise candidate.

The People's Power Party PPP at first wanted to reinstate Samak Sundaravej, who was ousted from the job after a constitutional court ruled that appearing as a guest on a television cooking show represented a serious conflict of interest.

However, some members of the coalition refused to support Samak, fearing that his divisive...

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