Belfast Telegraph

Monday 25 May 2015

Thai PM admits he is also British

Thailand's prime minister Abhisit Vejajjiva has admitted 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.

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