Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Thai PM admits he is also British

Thailand's prime minister Abhisit Vejajjiva has admitted he is also British

Thailand's prime minister has a confession to make - he is also British.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajjiva publicly acknowledged his dual nationality on Thursday for the first time during a debate in Parliament.

Mr Abhisit, 46, automatically holds British citizenship because he was born in Newcastle, to parents from a well-to-do Bangkok family.

He would have to specifically renounce it to lose it.

Mr Abhisit's political foes have highlighted the matter, claiming that as a British citizen he can be sued in an international court over alleged abuses during his administration's crackdown on anti-government protests last year.

Opponents like to tease Mr Abhisit for his upper-class Oxford University education, and typically refer to him in speeches by his English name, Mark.