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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 presence would only prolong the political stalemate that has gripped the country for the past month û in effect, pitting supporters of the exiled prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra against those who would like to see...
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