Thai Court orders ruling parties to dissolve, executives banned from politics

Other News Materials 2 December 2008 10:28 (UTC +04:00)

Thailand's Constitution Court on Tuesday ruled the three ruling parties in the coalition government -- People Power Party (PPP), Chart Thai Party and Matchima Thipataya Party were guilty of electoral fraud charges and ordered them to be dissolved.

All the three party's executives were banned from politics for five years as punishment in line with the 2007 Constitution, reported Xinhua.

The Constitution Court began to read the verdict at around noon Tuesday after hearing the closing statements from both the prosecutors and the defendants -- two political parties in the coalition government, on electoral fraud charges in the morning.

The PPP didn't attend the summation session.

As a result of the verdict, Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, who is acting leader of PPP, will lose his premiership according to the Constitution.