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Thai Parliament Endorses PM for Second Term

Thailand's parliament has elected Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to a second four-year term.

Mr. Thaksin received the votes of 377 lawmakers out of 500 in the parliament's lower house during a televised vote Wednesday, making him the first democratically elected prime minister to hold a second term.

The 55-year-old prime minister led his Thai Rak Thai party to an overwhelming victory in last month's general elections.

He says the focus of his second term will be coping with rising oil prices, bird flu, and the separatist insurgency in the Muslim-dominated south.

Mr. Thaksin and his government are expected to be sworn in on Monday.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.