PT files for Democrat Party dissolution

The Pheu Thai Party on Wednesday filed a petition asking the Election Commission chairman to dissolve the Democrat Party and ban its executive committee members from politics for five years.

The petition, filed by Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit, was accepted by Amnuay Noysopha, deputy chief of the EC secretariat.

Mr Prompong said People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) rallies led by Suthep Thaugsuban and eight other leaders with links to the Democrat Party had violated Section 68 of the constitution. This was affirmed by the Criminal Court's approval of a warrant for the arrest of Mr Suthep for inciting insurrection, he said.

He said PDRC core members had coordinated their activities with 25 leading members of the Democrat Party.

On Dec 8 last year, party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva led Democrat MPs to resign en masse to pressure Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to dissolve the House of Representatives and call a general election, which was subsequently boycotted by the Democrat Party.

The Democrat Party had failed to fulfill the duties of a political party as stated in Section 94 of the Political Party Act, he said.

Mr Prompong added that a petition filed by the Democrat Party asking the Office of the Ombudsman to ask the Constitution Court to nullify the Feb 2 election was further proof of its intention to topple the government outside of democratic rules.

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Discussion 1 : 06/02/2014 at 12:23 AM
The PTP continues to justify the reasons for the original protests with every short sighted move they make. One would think that they would be better served by promoting the promised reforms rather than trying to eliminate their only real opposition.
Discussion 2 : 05/02/2014 at 09:25 PM
Deja - vu all over again.
Discussion 3 : 05/02/2014 at 07:52 PM
"There is no negotiation. I have nothing to say to them, this is only win,- there is no win-win". suthep thugsuban 2014 - Enough spirit of reconciliation for you?
Discussion 4 : 05/02/2014 at 06:20 PM
Thailand, like many other countries, does not have proportional representation. And so the system favours big parties, and would cost the ex-DEM too many seats if they were to form an offshoot party. I like the idea, but it is not impractical.
Discussion 5 : 05/02/2014 at 04:48 PM
Exactly. Maybe DEM party should take in consideration to dissolve itself and form an offshoot party with a better visionary, more competent new leadership who want way forward for the country for new generation.
Discussion 6 : 05/02/2014 at 03:20 PM
Taking the battle to the next level. The confrontation is definitely heating up and YSTS are not moving out of the way without a fight. Collateral damage? Only the country, not the actors :(
Discussion 7 : 05/02/2014 at 02:58 PM
Isn't a bit odd that a Pheu Thai spokesman filed a petition asking the Election Commission chairman to dissolve the Democrat Party and ban its executive committee members from politics for five years? A spokesman? He must have drawn the short straw. Anyway, not a very smart move in the spirit of reconciliation or for the two parties to hold a dialog to end the division that's tearing Thailand apart.

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