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Sundaravej cooks up controversy

Court rules Thai prime minister must step down

Embattled Thai prime minister and sometime TV chef Samak Sundaravej is really feeling the heat now.

The nation’s constitutional court ruled last week that he had violated the constitution by earning money from hosting two TV cooking shows (“Tasting and Grumbling” and “All Set at 6 a.m.”) while in office. It says he is therefore disqualified from the premiership and has 30 days to step down.

Still, befitting his chef’s role, Sundaravejseems to be made of Teflon. The parties in his coalition say they plan to nominate him again.

And technically, Sundaravej is still a member of parliament, so he’s eligible to become PM (again) if parliament votes for him, which it seems certain to do.

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