No House dissolution before court ruling on Democrat Party: Thai deputy PM

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Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban Tuesday denied speculation the Prime Minister would dissolve the House of Representatives sooner than previously planned to avoid problems, which could be caused by possible dissolution of the ruling Democrat Party, the Thai News Agency ( TNA)reported.

Suthep insisted that there will be no House dissolution ahead of the Constitution Court's ruling on the Democrat Party dissolution case, as speculated.

Suthep admitted he is worried about the dissolution proceedings against his party, but the Democrats would fight the case in court by presenting the truth, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

In a related development, Information and Communica-tions Technology (ICT) Minister Chuti Krairiksh, dismissed speculation about forming a back-up party to accommodate Democrat MPs if the party is dissolved by the court.

"The party has never discussed about this matter," the minister.

The Bangkok Post's website quoted deputy attorney general Waiwut Lortrakul as saying on Monday the prosecution expects to file a petition with the Constitution Court on Tuesday afternoon to seek the Democrat Party dissolution.

The prosecutors had finished the draft petition, which had about 100 pages including documented evidence, Waiwut said.

In the petition, the Democrat Party is alleged to have violated Article 95 of the Political Party Act of 1997 by unlawfully receiving a donation of 258 million baht (7.972 million U.S. dollars) from TPI Polene Plc during 2004 and 2005.

The court would be asked to order the Democrat Party dissolved and ban the party leader and about 40 executives at the time from politics for five years, Waiwut said.

The draft petition had been submitted to attorney general Julasing Wasantasing for endorsement, he said.

Thailand's Charter prohibits a political party from receiving donation worth over 10 million baht (309,000 U.S. dollars) a year from an individual or a company.

Source: Xinhua


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