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Thai Court Disbands People Power Party

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Uploaded on Dec 3, 2008

ANCHOR:
Today's top story... In a landmark case Thailand's Constitutional Court's ordering that the ruling People Power Party be disbanded. The Party's been found guilty of voting fraud and top leaders are banned from politics for five years.

STORY:
Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat's ruling People Power Party won't be around for much longer, since the Constitutional Court ruled to disband the party.

The court also barred top leaders, including the prime minister himself, from politics for five years.

[Chat Cholawal, Constitutional Court Judge]:
"It's a violent act and it's harmful to the development of Thailand's democracy. We agree to dissolve the party to make it as a standard for the future of good politics."

Hundreds of the red-shirted government supporters surrounded the court and carried placards saying "stop city of terror, stop ultra conservatism, stop anarco fascists."

The judges moved from Constitutional Court to Bangkok's administrative compound after the crowd of government supporters shut down the court entrance.

The party boycotted to attend the court ruling because it believed the court had already decided the verdict. However, other coalition members still attended.

A helicopter flew over the court and there was a tight soldier presence.

Although the People Power Party and two allied parties are now dissolved, many former members are expected to switch to a new "shell" party that has already been set up.

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