Thai parliament to vote for new PM on Friday
After the Thai court removed the prime minister in Thailand for taking money to host a TV cooking show. The Court decision completly stumped Samak Sundaravej's government who have been fending off fierce opposition for some time. But now Thailand's Parliament is meeting on Friday to elect a new Prime Minister.
Thailand's parliament will hold an emergency session on Friday to name a new prime minister, after a court forced Samak Sundaravej out of office over a scandal surrounding his TV cooking shows.
"The process will start at 9:30 am (0230 GMT) on Friday, and each MP will have to vote openly in a roll call vote," top parliamentary official Pitoon Punhiran said.
"The only item on the agenda is to elect the prime minister," Pitoon said. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday forced Samak out of office, ruling that he had illegally accepted payments for hosting TV cooking shows.
But the judges did not bar Samak from politics, and senior officials in the ruling People Power Party (PPP) had said they would use their parliamentary majority to vote him back into power.
After a key coalition partner voiced concern over re-electing Samak, the party's deputy leader indicated that PPP members were now "consulting" on possible candidates