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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2731

Thai King endorses Abhisit as Thailand's 27th PM

Bangkok, 18 December, (Asiantribune.com): Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, after being endorsed by the Thai King, pledged to work for all Thais and restore Thailand’s peace and order to end the political conflict and economic woes. In his inaugural speech, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva vows to be prime minister of every people.In his inaugural speech, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva vows to be prime minister of every people.

On Monday, Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially endorsed Abhisit as Thailand’s 27th prime minister. At the Democrat Party headquarters on Wednesday, a royal decree was read before Mr. Abhisit and his wife Pimpen, democrat MPs and government coalition parties.

Mr. Abhisit pledged to launch a ‘grand plan for reconciliation’ to tackle the current political conflict and economic hardship.

"It’s my every intention to restore the picture of Thailand by which friends all around the world used to know us. I will do this through a grand plan of reconciliation based on the rule of law and democratic process," said the 44-year old premier.

On assuming the premiership, Mr. Abhisit also took on the role of Chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Thai premier announced that Thailand would host the upcoming ASEAN Summit early in 2009.

Mr. Abhisit also ensured the airport closures which stranded over 350,000 tourists in early December, would never happen again, adding Thailand is still tourist friendly. He reiterated he was still confidence in the capacity of Thailand and Thai people.
"We will make sure these are things of the past. They will never happen again and we welcome all of you as tourists, investors and partners," he said.

- Asian Tribune –

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