Thaksin In-Law Nominated to Lead Thailand

Choice of husband of ousted PM's sister infuriates protesters
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2008 8:19 AM CDT
Anti-government protesters look at activities on the stage during a demonstration at government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.    (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
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(Newser) – Thailand's ruling party has chosen a brother-in-law of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra to step into his old job, Reuters reports, sparking a firestorm among protesters who charge the pick will let Thaksin retain control from exile in London. Somchai Wongsawat has been acting PM since last week, but his accession is not guaranteed, as a rebel faction of 35 MPs said they would not support the party's choice.