The upcoming Samak government

Celebrity chef is elected as Prime Minister of Thailand - Independent, January 28, 2008
[As noted last week, the foreign press seems to be having fun characterizing the new PM.]
Thailand's parliament has chosen as its new prime minister a pugnacious celebrity chef and self-confessed "front man" for his ousted predecessor Thaksin Shinawatra...


Earlier: Thailand's tough talking TV cook - AP, January 22, 2008
Samak Sundaravej -- the man likely to become Thailand's next prime minister -- is known for his sharp tongue and short temper...

Burmese generals probably happy with Thailand’s new government - The Irrawaddy, January 29, 2008
The junta no doubt views the new prime minister, Samak Sundaravej, as a proxy for deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra, as does most of the Thai public. Thus, they probably anticipate much smoother—and more supportive—relations with Thailand’s new government...


Myanmar migrants fear worst from new Thai government - Reuters, January 29, 2008
...However, the prospects of positive change were slim, with many Thai officials deliberately hampering alien worker registration to keep wages low, he said.
"The worse the situation for the migrants, the cheaper the labour for the Thai businessmen," Ko Htwe said. "The new government will not change things..."


And another classic from NottheNation: NTN Editorial: It's Time For Samak To Resign
...Yes, PPP may have won the election, but it’s clear to us that all journalists hate Samak with a passion. And if society’s gatekeepers of the truth and democracy don’t like Samak, how good can he really be?...

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