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Mr Chai replaces Yongyuth Tiyapairat, who resigned the speakership last month when his election fraud case was forwarded to the Constitution Court.
Mr Chai defeated Democrat nominee Banyat Bantadtan 283-158 in a secret vote during a special session of the House. Twelve MPs abstained, apparently from Chart Thai.
Anticoup activist Veera Musigapong has scheduled May 23 to celebrate his 60th birthday and his guest list includes Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and expremier Thaksin Shinawatra, People Power Party MP Jatuporn Phongphan said Thursday.
If Samak and Thaksin show up, this will be their first time they would have appeared in public together since the government came to power in February. The party will take place at Hall 9 at the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, an exhibition centre.