Thais are expressing their concern and hope one day after Thailand's parliament elected the brother-in-law of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra as prime minister.
The new prime minister, Somchai Wongsawat, is a 61-year-old former judge and government bureaucrat married to Thaksin's younger sister. He won a clear majority of parliamentary votes as the six-party ruling coalition held firm.
Somchai has been acting prime minister since last week when then-prime minister Samak Sundaravej was sacked for hosting TV cooking shows while in office. The People's Alliance for Democracy group also accused him of being an agent for the ousted prime minister Thaksin.
Outside the Government House, the People's Alliance for Democracy let thousands of protesters to continue their sit-in. They are vowing to continue their campaign against the government.
Some Thais expect the new leader to ease the political crisis and bring about and end to protests across the country, as well as to boost Thailand's economy.