Opposition party leader becomes new PM of Thailand

10:27, 15 December 2008
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The votes comes...

 Parliament named opposition party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva as Thailand`s new prime minister Monday as supporters of the former government attempted to block the building following the vote, according to AP.

Abhisit, who heads the Democrat Party, beat a loyalist of exiled former Prime Mininster Thaksin Shinawatra, in a tense 235-198 vote in the lower house of Parliament on Monday.

The votes comes after months of demonstrations that culminated late November with a weeklong takeover of Bangkok`s two airports.

Protest erupted again as hundreds of pro-Thaksin supporters attempted to block the Parliament building Monday. After a fiery speech, a protest leader called on demonstrators to block the gates of the building and not let the MPs out. Police locked the doors from inside the buildling.

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