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Somsak Kiatsuranont elected as Thai Lower House speaker

08-03-2011 14:39 BJT

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Thailand's Lower House has elected a new speaker. Somsak Kiatsuranont was chosen during a 20 minute session on Tuesday morning.

All candidates were nominated by the majority Pheu Thai Party. Somsak, from northeastern Khon Kaen province, is a former deputy House Speaker and minister of culture.

After receiving the endorsement of the King of Thailand, he'll oversee a vote to appoint the next Prime Minister, with Pheu Thai's Yingluck Shinawatra highly likely to be selected.

Meanwhile, Thailand's Criminal Court has granted two Red-shirt leaders bail over charges of sedition, in connection with last year's anti-government protests.

Both men have been in prison since the end of the street demonstrations in May 2010.




Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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