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voa标准英语2008-Thailand's New Prime Minister Calls for National

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In his first national policy speech, Thailand's new prime minister has given priority to economic recovery and called for national unity1. But parliament was forced to convene2 at the Foreign Ministry3 after anti-government protesters maintained a blockade the legislature.
 
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva delivers government policy speech at Foreign Ministry in Bangkok, 30 Dec 2008

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva begins his policy speech Tuesday, before going on to say the government will provide additional funds to villages to develop their infrastructure4. The new administration plans to spend over $8 billion to stimulate5 the economy.

The economy, dependent on exports and tourism, is expected to contract because of the global slowdown and domestic political infighting.

Mr. Abhisit's speech, postponed6 from Monday, was relocated at the last moment to the Foreign Ministry after anti-government protesters refused to end their siege of parliament.
 

Supporters of ousted7 Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra protest in Bangkok

The protesters, who support former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, consider Mr. Abhisit's two-week-old government illegal. They demand fresh general elections. The pro-Thaksin opposition8 party boycotted9 the prime minister's speech Tuesday.

Sirichok Sopha, a member of parliament from Mr. Abhisit's Democrat10 Party, says the government's main goal is to ease political tensions and revive the economy.

"It's about unity, that's the most important thing, to get the people of Thailand to unite and to understand that Khun [Mr.] Abhisit is the prime minister of every Thai whether it's anti-government or pro-government," said Sirichok. "We will try to deliver our economic stimulus11 package, telling Thai people what we'll do through this economic crisis."

Mr. Abhisit's coalition12 came to power after several allies of a pro-Thaksin party split to join with the Democrats13.

Chris Baker14, a historian and writer about Thai politics, says while the new government will continue to face pressure from Mr. Thaksin's supporters, it is likely to survive into the immediate15 future.

"Certainly if it can get through this current hurdle16 and the next few weeks, it will probably survive and hang on to grim death, but it could be there for some time," he said.
 

Protesters at main international airport in Bangkok, 26 Nov 2008

The country is sharply divided between groups that favor or oppose Mr. Thaksin and his allies. For nearly six months, anti-Thaksin groups held daily protests, ending with an eight-day blockade of Bangkok's airports a few weeks ago. The blockade stranded17 up to 300,000 tourists and hurt exports, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in economic damage.

Mr. Thaksin, ousted in a coup18 two years ago, remains19 popular with the rural poor and urban working class. But the urban middle class and educated accuse him of corruption20. He fled Thailand to avoid corruption charges.


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1 unity 4kQwT     
n.团结,联合,统一;和睦,协调
参考例句:
  • When we speak of unity,we do not mean unprincipled peace.所谓团结,并非一团和气。
  • We must strengthen our unity in the face of powerful enemies.大敌当前,我们必须加强团结。
2 convene QpSzZ     
v.集合,召集,召唤,聚集,集合
参考例句:
  • The Diet will convene at 3p.m. tomorrow.国会将于明天下午三点钟开会。
  • Senior officials convened in October 1991 in London.1991年10月,高级官员在伦敦会齐。
3 ministry kD5x2     
n.(政府的)部;牧师
参考例句:
  • They sent a deputation to the ministry to complain.他们派了一个代表团到部里投诉。
  • We probed the Air Ministry statements.我们调查了空军部的记录。
4 infrastructure UbBz5     
n.下部构造,下部组织,基础结构,基础设施
参考例句:
  • We should step up the development of infrastructure for research.加强科学基础设施建设。
  • We should strengthen cultural infrastructure and boost various types of popular culture.加强文化基础设施建设,发展各类群众文化。
5 stimulate wuSwL     
vt.刺激,使兴奋;激励,使…振奋
参考例句:
  • Your encouragement will stimulate me to further efforts.你的鼓励会激发我进一步努力。
  • Success will stimulate the people for fresh efforts.成功能鼓舞人们去作新的努力。
6 postponed 9dc016075e0da542aaa70e9f01bf4ab1     
vt.& vi.延期,缓办,(使)延迟vt.把…放在次要地位;[语]把…放在后面(或句尾)vi.(疟疾等)延缓发作(或复发)
参考例句:
  • The trial was postponed indefinitely. 审讯无限期延迟。
  • The game has already been postponed three times. 这场比赛已经三度延期了。
7 ousted 1c8f4f95f3bcc86657d7ec7543491ed6     
驱逐( oust的过去式和过去分词 ); 革职; 罢黜; 剥夺
参考例句:
  • He was ousted as chairman. 他的主席职务被革除了。
  • He may be ousted by a military takeover. 他可能在一场军事接管中被赶下台。
8 opposition eIUxU     
n.反对,敌对
参考例句:
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
9 boycotted 6c96ed45faa5f8d73cbb35ff299d9ccc     
抵制,拒绝参加( boycott的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Athletes from several countries boycotted the Olympic Games. 有好几国的运动员抵制奥林匹克运动会。
  • The opposition party earlier boycotted the Diet agenda, demanding Miyaji's resignation. 反对党曾杯葛国会议程,要宫路下台。
10 democrat Xmkzf     
n.民主主义者,民主人士;民主党党员
参考例句:
  • The Democrat and the Public criticized each other.民主党人和共和党人互相攻击。
  • About two years later,he was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter.大约两年后,他被民主党人杰米卡特击败。
11 stimulus 3huyO     
n.刺激,刺激物,促进因素,引起兴奋的事物
参考例句:
  • Regard each failure as a stimulus to further efforts.把每次失利看成对进一步努力的激励。
  • Light is a stimulus to growth in plants.光是促进植物生长的一个因素。
12 coalition pWlyi     
n.结合体,同盟,结合,联合
参考例句:
  • The several parties formed a coalition.这几个政党组成了政治联盟。
  • Coalition forces take great care to avoid civilian casualties.联盟军队竭尽全力避免造成平民伤亡。
13 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
14 baker wyTz62     
n.面包师
参考例句:
  • The baker bakes his bread in the bakery.面包师在面包房内烤面包。
  • The baker frosted the cake with a mixture of sugar and whites of eggs.面包师在蛋糕上撒了一层白糖和蛋清的混合料。
15 immediate aapxh     
adj.立即的;直接的,最接近的;紧靠的
参考例句:
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
16 hurdle T5YyU     
n.跳栏,栏架;障碍,困难;vi.进行跨栏赛
参考例句:
  • The weather will be the biggest hurdle so I have to be ready.天气将会是最大的障碍,所以我必须要作好准备。
  • She clocked 11.6 seconds for the 80 metre hurdle.八十米跳栏赛跑她跑了十一秒六。
17 stranded thfz18     
a.搁浅的,进退两难的
参考例句:
  • He was stranded in a strange city without money. 他流落在一个陌生的城市里, 身无分文,一筹莫展。
  • I was stranded in the strange town without money or friends. 我困在那陌生的城市,既没有钱,又没有朋友。
18 coup co5z4     
n.政变;突然而成功的行动
参考例句:
  • The monarch was ousted by a military coup.那君主被军事政变者废黜了。
  • That government was overthrown in a military coup three years ago.那个政府在3年前的军事政变中被推翻。
19 remains 1kMzTy     
n.剩余物,残留物;遗体,遗迹
参考例句:
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
20 corruption TzCxn     
n.腐败,堕落,贪污
参考例句:
  • The people asked the government to hit out against corruption and theft.人民要求政府严惩贪污盗窃。
  • The old man reviled against corruption.那老人痛斥了贪污舞弊。
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