Archive for Monday, September 8, 2008

PM faces court battle over cooking show

September 8, 2008


— Thailand's embattled prime minister appeared in court today to defend himself against accusations he violated the constitution by hosting a televised cooking show while in office.

Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej would be forced to resign if found guilty by the Constitutional Court. The court hearing compounded his troubles as anti-government protesters occupied the grounds of his office complex for a second week.

Before taking office seven months ago, Samak had hosted a popular TV cooking show called "Tasting and Complaining," a mix of traditional Thai cooking and rants on the subjects of Samak's choice.

Samak made a few appearances on the show after becoming prime minister, prompting a group of senators to petition the court on grounds that an acting prime minister is not allowed under the constitution to work with private companies.


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