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Thai parliament to choose new PM Friday

08-03-2011 14:51 BJT

BANGKOK - Thailand's parliament will hold a vote on Friday, August 5, to select a prime minister to lead a new government, a senior official of the lower House of Representatives said on Wednesday.

The vote will take place from 10 am (0400 GMT), Pitoon Pumhiran, secretary-general of the parliament secretariat, told Reuters.

Yingluck Shinawatra, the 44-year-old sister of self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, will be the candidate for the Puea Thai Party, which won the July 3 election in a landslide.

Puea Thai has agreed to form a coalition with five other parties and together they have 300 of the 500 seats.

Outgoing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva may contest the vote on behalf of the opposition, which is dominated by his Democrat Party, the second-biggest party in parliament.

He stepped down as leader of the party after losing the election but is expected to be re-elected by party members.

The winning candidate must receive at least 251 votes in order to become prime minister. The result is subject to endorsement by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which is expected within one day of the vote.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: China Daily

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