The BBC profiles Thailand’s new prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, the English-born, Oxford-educated leader of Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party. Young and photogenic, though not known as particularly dynamic, he has a reputation for “clean politics”. Distinctly upper-class, Mr Abhisit hails from a wealthy family of Thai-Chinese origin. Both his parents were medical professors.
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Profile: Abhisit Vejjajiva
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is the English-born, Oxford-educated 44-year-old leader of Thailand’s Democrat Party.
Young and photogenic, though not known as particularly dynamic, he has a reputation for “clean politics”. Distinctly upper-class, Mr Abhisit hails from a wealthy family of Thai-Chinese origin. Both his parents were medical professors.
He was born in the British city of Newcastle in 1964 and educated at England’s top public school, Eton. He then went on to gain a degree in politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) at Oxford University.
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