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Political stability has returned: Thailand PM

world Updated: Jan 15, 2009 19:18 IST

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Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has assured foreign governments that the country, which saw massive street protests and political crises last year, has achieved a measure of internal political stability since his appointment last December.

Results of by-elections for 29 parliament seats and the race for the Bangkok Governor's post on Sunday had sustained this momentum, he said, and pledged that his government would do its utmost to ensure that this stability became ever more secure in the days and months ahead.

"I am sure that many of you have been following recent developments on the political scene in Thailand very closely and with great interest. The past year, indeed, has not been an easy one for my country as we have lived through some 'ups and downs' and, at times, complicated situations," he said.

Speaking at the Government House, which was seized by anti-government protesters and held for three months during the premiership of Samak Sundaravek and his successor Somchai Wongsawat, Abhisit said the country was now moving into a promising period of democratic transition.

"The transition will ensure harmony in our society, contentment for our people, and confidence amongst our friends," said Abhisit, the Democrat leader who became the country's 27th prime minister after Somchai was banned from politics for five years and his People's Power Party (PPP) dissolved by the court for election fraud.

Abhisit said his coalition government assumed office through the democratic parliamentary process and was committed to fostering reconciliation and harmony in Thai society.