April 5, 2006

Thai PM hands over to interim successor

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
will take "a rest" and hand over to an interim successor, a
government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Deputy Prime Minister Chidchai Vanasatidya, responsible for
security in the Muslim south where an insurgency has dragged on
since 2004, would take over from Thaksin, who could take back
the job if necessary, the spokesman told reporters.

"The prime minister is taking a rest from his job until
there is a royal appointment of a new prime minister. Deputy
Prime Minister Chidchai will be acting for him," government
spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee said.