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Abhisit Vejjajiva is 44 years old with an Oxford education. On December 15, 2008 he became Thailand's new prime minister, after a bout of civil unrest.
Abhisit is the head of the former opposition Democrat Party.
Abhisit entered politics at a youthful age of 27, which means he has 17 years behind him as a politician. He is from a wealthy family of Thai-Chinese origin, born in England and educated at Eton and Oxford, where he graduated with first class honours in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. His parents are said to be medical professors. His first name means "privilege" in Thai and his friends call him by his foreign nickname, Mark.
Thailand now gets a fresh look in its political landscape. Abhisit is said to be clean, polite and articulate. He certainly looks dashing and can easily pass as a film star!
Let's hope the Thais stop changing Prime Ministers like changing clothes!
Hope all will be well for our northern neighbour.