Abhisit Vejjajiva


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Abhisit Vejjajiva

(äpē`sĭt wāchä`chēwä), 1964–, Thai politician, prime minister of Thailand (2008–11), b. Newcastle, England. Born into a wealthy Thai-Chinese family, Abhisit was educated in England and Thailand and held several British and Thai university teaching posts prior to entering politics. In 1992 he joined Thailand's Democrat party and won a parliamentary seat. Deputy party leader from 1999, he ran unsuccessfully for the party leadership post in 2001 but was elected party leader four years later. A longstanding opponent of corruption, he objected to the 2006 coup that deposed Prime Minister Thaksin ShinawatraThaksin Shinawatra
, 1949–, Thai business executive and political leader, b. Chiang Mai. Born into a wealthy merchant family, he went into the Thai police service in 1973 and continued his criminal-justice education in the United States.
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, his political opponent. In Dec., 2008, after two of Thaksin's allies had been removed as prime minister by court decisions, Abhisit and the opposition Democrats secured the opportunity to form a government. His government faced serious challenges in the streets from Thaksin supporters seeking to force him to resign, and it was defeated in the 2011 elections by Yingluck ShinawatraYingluck Shinawatra
1967–, Thai business executive and political leader, first female prime minister of Thailand (2011–14), grad. Chiang Mai Univ. (B.A., 1988), Kentucky State Univ. (M.P.A., 1991).
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, Thaksin's sister, and the For Thais party. In 2013 Abhisit was charged with murder for issuing orders to security forces during demonstrations in 2010 that led to shooting deaths, but the criminal court dismissed the charges after Yingluck's government was overthrown.
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After receiving wishes from Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and lower house Speaker Chai Chidchob, the king thanked those gathered for wishing him happy birthday and good health.
But it came shortly after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva rebuffed demands by protesters to dissolve parliament and call fresh elections by midday.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in New York late this month when world leaders gather there for the opening of the new U.
As many as 100,000 protesters converged on the Thai capital Bangkok on Sunday to demand that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva dissolves parliament by midday Monday.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters he has ordered authorities to step up security in the capital, especially the area of King Power.
Abhisit Vejjajiva, Democrat Party leader said he and Gen Thanasak Patimapagorn, the supreme commander, are in agreement on many points concerning the current political situation.
Alarmed by the prospect of bloodshed in Thailand as a six-month political crisis nears a critical juncture, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for talks between the government and opposition, urging compromise to restore stability, Reuters reported.
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva told a news conference it would not be fielding candidates, saying that Thai politics is at a failed stage.
The party's leader, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, said the decision was made to ensure that political reforms are implemented, RT reported.
The party's leader, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, announced the boycott after a meeting of party executives, saying the decision was made in order to ensure that Thailand's government will "represent the people once again.
BANGKOK (CyHAN)- Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted for murder Thursday in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors said.
BANGKOK (TAP) - Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been formally charged with the murder in connection with a crackdown on demonstrators in 2010.