CNN reports: "Thai court orders ruling party dissolved and bans prime minister from politics for five years"
"The constitutional court unanimously agrees to disband the People Power Party," said Chat Chonlaworn, head of the nine-judge Constitutional Court panel.
"As the court decided to dissolve the People Power Party, therefore the leader of the party and party executives must be banned from politics for five years," he added.
Tuesday's ruling raises hopes that thousands of anti-government protesters will end their siege of the country's two main airports.The BBC reportmentions that ". . . under the constitution most of its MPs can keep their seats under another party name, and should be able to form another government, correspondents say."
Constitutional Court President Chat Chalavorn said the "court has decided to dissolve the party to set a political standard and an example."
He said "dishonest political parties undermine Thailand's democratic system."
Update: Straights Times reporter is live blogging at the courthouse where many pro-government demonstrators have gathered. Also, Bangkok Pundit has further updates.
Photo: © Douglas Morton / APMS. Used with permission. Shows Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawa, who has just been banned from politics along with other party leaders, at the Emergency Cabinet Meeting on the afternoon of 27 Nov. 2008 at the Chiang Mai Provincial Government office.