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Tuesday, 23 December 2008

PM Abhisit Vejjajiva visiting the Imperial Boathouse on Samui

PM Abhisit Vejjajiva visiting the Imperial Boathouse on Samui

As reported a few days ago on my blogpost of 21st December, the current Democratic PM Abhisit Vejjajiva visited Samui to attend a Democratic meeting at the Imperial Boathouse in Choengmon on Koh Samui.

I managed to get some exclusive pictures of this visit. Khun Abhisit stayed only 4 hours in total on Samui and was rushed in and out. Being a PM must take it's toll! Here he is in a group picture with fellow Democrats, including Nattaya Daengboonga, a movie star (world famous in Thailand) from about 20 years ago, in this picture on the far left.

This picture show Khun Abhisit with staff from the Boathouse. This picture shows a rather tired Khun Abhisit, in my opinion and I guess it must be very tiring becoming Thailand's PM and being rushed about in all different directions.

Apirak Kosayothin, former Governor of Bangkok was also attending and part of PM Abhisit's entourage.

Chuan Leekpai, former PM of Thailand and also a Democrat and apparently the strategic brain behind the current PM's raise to power was in attendance. He's still very much revered in Thailand, especially in the south which is traditionally very Democratic friendly.
The problems PM Abhisit is going through in forming his cabinet show with the choices he made in appointing some ministerial posts, like the current Foreign Minister, Kasit Piromya who claims that the Bangkok airport protests were fun.
Mr Kasit told an audience of astonished diplomats and foreign journalists on Friday that the protests were "a lot of fun". "The food was excellent, the music was excellent," he explained. Right on!
The post of commerce minister was allocated to Mrs. Pornthiwa Nakasai of the small coalition partner Phum Jai Thai, Mrs Pornthiwa's background includes running the Poseidon massage parlour in Bangkok.
There was a bit of dismay at the proposed cabinet. However, with all these problems aboard, I do hope that Abhisit will have a fighting chance to stay in office for a long enough time to show that he can change the political landscape in Thailand.
Camille



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