Thai election body calls for dissolution of PM's party
Mon, Apr 12, 2010
BANGKOK - Thailand's election commission (EC) has called for the dissolution of the ruling party over allegations of illegal donations, a party official said Monday, vowing to fight the decision.
"We know about the EC decison's but the case is not over yet. It must be investigated by the attorney general and then go to the constitutional court," said spokesman Buranaj Smutharaks.
The case centres on allegations of an illegal multi-million-dollar donation to the Democrat Party during its 2005 national election campaign, when current Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was deputy leader.
The anti-government Red Shirt movement has pushed election authorities for the decision, which follows the country's deadliest civil unrest in 18 years at the weekend after the authorities cracked down on weeks of protests.