Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Thailand president kicked out due to cooking show on TV

This is not Scrappleface or the Onion. Thailand's prime minister forced to resign over TV cooking show - Los Angeles Times: BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's prime minister was forced to resign along with his Cabinet on Tuesday after the Constitutional Court ruled that he had violated the constitution by hosting TV cooking shows. His supporters vowed to bring him back to power, indicating that Thailand is still not free from its deep political crisis that has virtually paralyzed the government, spooked the financial markets and scared away tourists. "The defendant has violated Article 267 of the constitution, and his position as prime minister has ended," the head of the nine-judge panel, Chat Chonlaworn, said. He said the Cabinet will remain in a caretaker position until a new administration is installed. The judgment, broadcast live on television and radio, was greeted with loud cheers and claps from Samak's opponents who have occupied his office compound since Aug. 26 to demand his resignation. Samak, a self-proclaimed foodie, hosted a popular television cooking show -- "Tasting and Complaining" -- for seven years before becoming prime minister. But he also made several appearances after taking office, breaking a constitutional prohibition on private employment while in office.

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