The No. 2 figure in Thailand's ruling party and the brother-in-law of exiled leader Thaksin Shinawatra was easily elected prime minister today. Somchai Wongsawat will take office after he receives the endorsement of the king. But the People's Alliance for Democracy, whose protest outside the prime minister's office continues, have said they will not accept Somchai or any party member as leader, reports the Bangkok Post.
Somchai has secured assurances from the Thai army that they will not lead a coup, as they did in 2006. His victory was assured after he won over a rebel faction in his party, who had been concerned that his family ties to Thaksin would only deepen Thailand's political crisis. "I cannot deny my family ties, but what matters is how I behave," Somchai said.