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    The new PM is a Geordie.

    As a die hard supporter, here's some good news for the people of Thailand.


    THAILAND has a new Prime Minister – Newcastle-born Toon fan Abhisit Vejjajiva.
    Charismatic Mr Vejjajiva was born in Newcastle in 1964 where his father and mother were both medical professors.
    Drs Athasit and Sodsai Vejjajiva went back to Thailand when their son was still a boy, but Newcastle United stayed with him.
    He was born into a family with deep roots in Asian politics. His family has had good relationships with the Thai ruling elite from as far back as the 18th Century.
    But in one interview he admitted: “If I was not me, I would like to be a Newcastle United striker.”
    His task as Prime Minister is to restore the country’s battered economic confidence, cool down its overheated political climate, and impose his authority on a cabinet formed during days of bargaining with his coalition partners.
    Mr Vejjajiva, leader of the Thailand Democratic Party, won by 235 votes to 198 to become Thailand’s fifth leader in two years.
    The previous prime minister, Somchai Wongsawat, was forced out after a court ruling earlier this month.
    Outside the parliament, about 200 supporters of the ousted government reacted furiously to what they called a “silent coup”, hurling barricades at the gates and stopping MPs from leaving.
    Insiders say the new coalition may only last a few weeks, because by-elections will be held on January 11 to fill 29 seats held by supporters of the former government led by Thaksin Chinawatra, ousted two years ago in a military coup.
    After early education back in Thailand, Mr Vejjajiva returned to England to continue his studies and at Scaitcliffe School, now Bishopgate School, and Eton College.
    He went on to study at St John’s College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first class honours degree in philosophy, politics and economics.
    He taught briefly at Thailand’s Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, but returned to Oxford to study for a Master’s degree in economics, then became a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University in Thailand and earned a Bachelor degree in law from Ramkhamhaeng University in 1990.
    He married Dr Pimpen Sakuntabhai, a former dentist and now a lecturer.

    He can have my season ticket in the Gallowgate end for a permanent residency visa.

    Source:Thailand Prime Minister revealed as Toon fan - ChronicleLive
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    Quote Originally Posted by hooter
    He can have my season ticket in the Gallowgate end for a permanent residency visa.
    He may consider it hooter but probably will wait and see if they stay up before he makes his decision.

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    Maybe he'll extend there opening hours.

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    Hey fella's we have people in high places don't you know, less of the slander.

    Toon top at the ready for the embassy in BKK.

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