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Thai PM to 'rest', hands over to interim successor

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Bangkok, Apr 5: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will take ''a rest'' and hand over to an interim successor, a government spokesman said Today.

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.

Reuters

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