Saturday, April 12, 2008

Thai EC orders 2 parties disolved

"Election Commission (EC) resolved Friday that Chart Thai and Matchimathipataya parties be dissolved because their executives were involved in election fraud." Both parties comprise the ruling coalition. The case now goes to the Constitution Court.

"The People Power party" which is the leading party in the governing coalition, "could well be in jeopardy" reports the Bangkok Post in a another article. "After the EC's decision was announced, PPP spokesman Kuthep Saikrachang was pessimistic about the future of the Thaksin Shinawatra-backed party."

The PPP blames a biased constitution, which allows for an entire party to be dissolved as punishment for a crime by a party single executive. The PPP wants to change the constitution to fix that article. "Getting rid of the PPP had been a target before the creation of the present constitution whose writers were handpicked by the coup-making body" Kuthep Saikrachang told the Post.

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