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On Tuesday, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjiva chaired his 133rd and last cabinet meeting. 

Caretaker Prime Minister and Democrat Party outgoing leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is greeted by his supporters on July 12, 2011. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

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Out with the old

Yesterday Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjiva chaired his 133rd and last cabinet meeting.

With everyone in a caretaker role, there was not a lot of business to carry out.

The cabinet approved in principle a draft royal decree for the convening of the new House of Representatives. That will be able to happen when Election Commission has endorsed at least 475, or 95 per cent, of the 500 MPs from the July 3 general election.

The cabinet also approved another extension of the emergency decree in the three southern border provinces, but for only an additional 60 days.

The three provinces are Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala.

The 60-day extension was proposed instead of the usual three-month extension because the new government would be in charge by then. This would allow the next administration to make its own decision, Mr Abhisit said.

Mr Abhisit seemed quite upbeat despite the end of his time as prime minister.

"I'm not bothered that this is the last cabinet meeting because there is always change in politics under the democratic system," Mr Abhisit said.

He said in general he thought his two-year tenure as prime minister went smoothly.

"I was committed and paid attention to all issues that were proposed in the cabinet meetings,” he said.

As for prime minister-to-be Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu Thai party, Mr Abhisit said they should avoid confrontations with all sides to bring about reconciliation in the country.

Adapted from a story posted on bangkokpost.com

caretaker – in charge for a short time, until a new leader or government is chosen รักษาการ
chair – to be the person in charge of a meeting, committee, or company ดำรงตำแหน่งประธาน, ทำหน้าที่ในฐานะประธาน
cabinet – the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy คณะรัฐมนตรี
role – the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation บทบาท
in principle – in general terms without knowing the details or whether something is really possible โดยหลัก
draft – not in a final form and likely to be changed  ร่าง
(executive) decree – an official order made by a leader or a government พระราชกำหนด
convene – to call a meeting เรียกประชุม
House of Representatives – the many lawmaking body in Thailand, consisting of 500 membeers สภาผู้แทนราษฎร
Election Commission – the independent government agency that oversees elections คณะกรรมการเลือกตั้ง
endorsed – officially approved รับรอง
extension – making a period of time longer  การขยายออกไป
emergency decree – a situation where the government takes on special powers in a dangerous situation and the rights of the people are often limited in some way ประกาศภาวะฉุกเฉิน  
proposed – suggested as an idea for a group to consider ถูกเสนอ
administration – government รัฐบาล
in charge – to be in control of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly  ดูแล ควบคุม
upbeat – happy and positive มีความหวัง, มองโลกในแง่ดี
bothered – worried, angry or sad about something   วิตกกังวล หงุดหงิด
tenure – the period of time during which someone has an important job ช่วงระยะเวลาที่ดำรงตำแหน่ง
committed – loyal and willing to give your time and energy to something that you believe in; dedicated อุทิศตัวเพื่อ
confrontation – a situation in which people or groups are arguing angrily or are fighting การเผชิญหน้า
reconciliation – a new and friendly relationship with someone who you argued with or fought with การทำให้ปรองดองกันอีก,  การสมานฉันท์

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