1. Wide of the exterior of Parliament House
2. Close of Thai new Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej getting out of car
3. Wide of Samak walking towards the media
4. Close of Abhisit Vejjajiva, Democrat Party candidate for Prime Minister
5. Mid of Samak talking, taking seat in Parliament
6. Pan of interior of the Parliament
7. Close of Samak talking
8. Various of MPs voting
9.Wide of an MP standing to announce her vote
10. Mid of MP in sunglasses, standing to cast his vote
11. Wide of the Parliament meeting session
12. Mid of Samak talking with another MP
13. Pan of Parliamentary staff counting votes
14. Wide of speaker of the Parliament pushing button, completing vote session
15. Wide of MPs standing up, zoom into Samak being congratulated by other MPs
16. Samak pushing through the media scrum, UPSOUND:
(Reporter’s question (English): “How do you feel?”
Samak Sundaravej, Thailand’s new Prime Minister: (English) “Normal.”
17. Wide of Samak’s supporter carrying banners reading ‘Congratulations to Samak Sundaravej for being selected as new Prime Minister’
18. Tilt from hands carrying roses to a woman’s face
19. SOUNDBITE (Thai) Atchara (only name given), Vox Pop:
“I like him. He has a good ideology. He has long been a good man. I know he will be able to govern. I know he can take up the Prime Minister’s jobs.”
20. SOUNDBITE (Thai) Sutha Sawangsri, Vox Pop:
“He is direct and articulate. He is good. Everything about him is good.”
21. Wide of supporters standing in front of the Parliament House
STORYLINE:
The Thai Parliament in Bangkok chose right-wing politician Samak Sundaravej as the country’s new prime minister on Monday.
72-year-old Samak easily beat the Democrat party candidate Abhisit Vejjejava, 310 votes to 163.
When asked by a journalist how he felt, Samak merely responded, “normal”.
Choosing an elected leader was seen as a key step to restoring democracy in Thailand following the 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin Shinawatra.
But by picking a Thaksin supporter to the post, experts fear it may further divide a country that has struggled to regain its footing since the coup.
In December, Samak’s People’s Power Party (PPP), a new group backed by Thaksin, won the largest number of seats in elections.
The PPP formed a six-party coalition which gave it two-thirds of the 480 seats in the lower house and a lock on the prime minister’s post.
Bangkok-born and of Chinese descent, Samak began his political career in 1968 when he joined the Democrat Party.
Early on, Samak established his trademarks, a right wing ideology, a common touch which endeared him to the masses and penchant for speaking his mind no matter how controversial his comments.
One woman at a supporters rally on Monday said, “I like him. He has a good ideology. He has long been a good man. I know he will be able to govern. I know he can take up the Prime Minister’s jobs.”
Another admired his style, saying; “He is direct and articulate. He is good. Everything about him is good”.
Samak has held eight cabinet posts and served more than 20 years as a member of Parliament, but his detractors raised tough questions about his character ahead of the vote.
Democrat Pichet Phanwichartkul asked Samak what he is going do when he becomes Prime Minister, with his ongoing legal battles.
Samak has appealed a two-year sentence for defamation and is the subject of an ongoing corruption investigation stemming from the purchase of Austrian fire-trucks and a waste management contract when he was Bangkok governor from 2001 to 2004.
The installation of an elected government may bring some much-needed stability to Thailand’s turbulent political scene.

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