Political crisis in Thailand

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POSTED: 1736 GMT (0136 HKT), May 30, 2007

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Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra
is banned from politics for five years
over election law violations.

BANGKOK, Thailand
(Reuters) — Thai judges on Wednesday
banned ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and 110 other top
officials in his party from politics for five years. (Full story)

Here are some of the political and economic milestones that have shaken the country since 2006.

January 23, 2006:
Thaksin family’s tax-free $1.9 billion sale of their controlling stake
in telecoms major Shin Corp to Singapore state investment firm Temasek
angers Bangkok’s middle class, fueling weeks of protests.

April 5:
Thaksin steps down and hands day-to-day power to a deputy three days
after an opposition boycott renders a snap general election he called
invalid.

September 19: Tanks surround Government House in
a bloodless military coup, Thailand’s first in 15 years. Thaksin ousted
while he is preparing to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

October 1:
Former army commander-in-chief Surayud Chulanont is sworn in as interim
prime minister. Thaksin, exiled in London, steps down as Thai Rak Thai
(Thais Love Thais) party leader two days later.

December 19:
Thai stock exchange plunges 14.8 percent, its biggest one-day drop
since 1990, one day after Bank of Thailand chief Tarisa Watanagase
announces stringent capital controls to stem the baht’s rise.

December 31: A string of bombs in Bangkok kill three people and wound more than 30 as crowds celebrate New Year’s Eve.

January 9, 2007: Foreign investors receive another shock as controversial changes to the Foreign Business Act are proposed.

February 21:
Economic adviser Somkid Jatusripitak, an ex-finance minister and the
architect of Thaksin’s pro-business policies, resigns six days after
his appointment outrages critics of the old Thaskin government.

February 28:
Finance Minister Pridyathorn Devakula quits, blaming cabinet
infighting. His successor, Chalongphob Sussangkarn, is appointed on
March 7.

March 26: Prosecutors charge Potjaman Shinawatra,
Thaksin’s wife, and her brother and secretary with tax evasion.
Complaints continue about the slowness of the investigation into
allegations of corruption under Thaksin.

March 29: Surayud
refuses a demand by coup leader General Sonthi Boonyaratglin to use
emergency powers to prevent small anti-government rallies growing out
of control. He announces a general election will be held on December 16
or December 22.

May 30: The Constitutional Tribunal bans Thaksin’s party after it was found guilty of breaking election laws.

The
judges say all members of the executive committee of the party which
includes Thaksin, are banned for five years and the party disbanded.

The
guilty verdicts on both charges against Thaksin’s party came after the
court acquitted the rival Democrat Party of any wrongdoing in the
inconclusive 2006 election, later annulled.

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Thailand: Thai Rak Thai Party Guilty Of Fraud

May 30, 2007 16 49  GMT

Thailand’s Constitutional Tribunal found deposed Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra’s Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party guilty of election fraud
May 30, hours after clearing the opposition Democratic Party of all
charges. TRT leaders were found to have paid smaller parties and an
election official to influence April 2006 elections. TRT party
executives have been banned from politics for five years.

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Thaksin banned from Thai politics
The Age, Australia – 26 minutes ago
Exiled
former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been banned from
politics for five years and his party, the first to win an absolute
majority in

Thai ex-PM barred from politics for 5 years
Swissinfo, Switzerland – 1 hour ago
By
Nopporn Wong-Anan. BANGKOK (Reuters) – Exiled former Thai Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was banned from politics for five years on
Wednesday and his
Thai Court Disbands Ousted PM’s Party
Washington Post, DC – 1 hour ago
By
AMBIKA AHUJA. AP. BANGKOK, Thailand — A court Wednesday disbanded the
political party of Thailand’s ousted prime minister, finding it guilty
of legal
Thai political parties await ruling
Tehran Times, Iran – 1 hour ago
BANGKOK
(AP) — Thailand’s roller-coaster politics of the past year and a half,
which saw a popular civilian government toppled by a military coup,
Thailand’s Thaksin Banned From Politics, His Party Dissolved
Bloomberg – 1 hour ago
By
Beth Jinks and Anuchit Nguyen. May 31 (Bloomberg) — Thaksin
Shinawatra, the Thai prime minister overthrown in a coup in September,
was barred from
Thai court disbands ousted PM’s party on charges of violating
Canada.com, Canada – 2 hours ago
BANGKOK,
Thailand (AP) – The political party of Thailand’s ousted prime minister
was disbanded by a Thai court Wednesday after it found the party guilty
of
FACTBOX: Thai court bans Thaksin, party for poll breaches
Reuters – 2 hours ago
BANGKOK
(Reuters) – Thai judges on Wednesday banned ousted Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra and 110 other top officials in his party from
politics for five
Thai court acquits Democrat Party of all charges
Scotsman, UK – 2 hours ago
By
Nopporn Wong-Anan. BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai judges acquitted the
Democrat Party on Wednesday of all charges of breaking election laws
that could have
Thai party disbanded for violating laws
Ireland Online, Ireland – 2 hours ago
A Thai court disbanded the political party of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra today over election law violations.
Thaksin says ruling against party “too harsh”
Swissinfo, Switzerland – 2 hours ago
BANGKOK
(Reuters) – Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra criticised
the disbanding of his party and ban on its leadership for breaking
election
Thai Court Disbands Ousted Pm’s Party
Guardian Unlimited, UK – 2 hours ago
From
AP. AP Photo XBK104, XBK101, DLL111, DLL112. By AMBIKA AHUJA. AP
Writer. BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – A court Wednesday disbanded the
political party of
Thai court disbands ousted PM’s party
Houston Chronicle, TX – 2 hours ago
By
AMBIKA AHUJA AP Writer. © 2007 AP. BANGKOK, Thailand — A court
Wednesday disbanded the political party of Thailand’s ousted prime
minister,
Thai court disbands Thaksin’s political party
USA Today – 2 hours ago
BANGKOK,
Thailand (AP) — A Thai court disbanded the political party of ousted
prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra Wednesday and barred him and 110 of
its
Ex-Thai PM Thaksin banned from politics for 5 yrs as party
Forbes, NY – 3 hours ago
BANGKOK
(Thomson Financial) – Ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has
been banned from politics for five years, along with 110 executives
from the
Thai court finds Thaksin party guilty of poll breach
Scotsman, UK – 3 hours ago
BANGKOK
(Reuters) – Thai judges said on Wednesday the party of ousted Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was guilty of the first of two charges of
election
Court bans Thaksin’s party from Thai politics
International Herald Tribune, France – 3 hours ago
By
Seth Mydans. BANGKOK: A constitutional court banned the political party
of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of election fraud Wednesday
in a
Thaksin party guilty of breaches
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia – 3 hours ago
By
Nopporn Wong-Anan in Bangkok. THAI judges said ousted Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra’s party was guilty of breaking election laws, a
ruling which may
Court says Thaksin party guilty of poll breaches
Swissinfo, Switzerland – 3 hours ago
By
Nopporn Wong-Anan. BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai judges said on Wednesday
ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s party was guilty of breaking
election
Thaksin party guilty of second poll breach – court
Reuters India, India – 4 hours ago
BANGKOK
(Reuters) – Thai judges said on Wednesday the party of ousted Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was guilty of both charges of election law
breaches
Tribunal’s rulings risk splitting Thai politics
The Age, Australia – 5 hours ago
The
crowd outside the Constitutional Tribunal in Bangkok share an exuberant
moment yesterday as they await the judges’ verdicts. Photo: AP
Key Thai party cleared of fraud
BBC News, UK – 5 hours ago
A
Thai court has acquitted one of the country’s main political parties of
violating election laws. If the Democrat Party had been found guilty,
Court finds Thailand’s oldest political party not guilty of
San Diego Union Tribune, CA – 5 hours ago
By
Ambika Ahuja. AP. BANGKOK, Thailand – A court Wednesday cleared
Thailand’s oldest political party of election law violations charges, a
verdict that
Thailand’s oldest party not guilty of election violations
Ireland Online, Ireland – 6 hours ago
Thailand’s
oldest political party was today cleared of election law violation
charges, a verdict that could help restore stability ahead of December
Thai party cleared of poll fraud
News24, South Africa – 6 hours ago
Port
Harcourt – Thailand’s Constitutional Tribunal acquitted the Democrat
Party on Wednesday of all charges of breaking election laws that could
have seen
Thai Court Clears Democrat Party
Guardian Unlimited, UK – 6 hours ago
From
AP. AP Photo XBK104, XBK101, DLL111, DLL112. By AMBIKA AHUJA. AP
Writer. BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – A court Wednesday cleared Thailand’s
oldest political
Thai court clears Democrat Party
Houston Chronicle, TX – 7 hours ago
By
AMBIKA AHUJA AP Writer. © 2007 AP. BANGKOK, Thailand — A court
Wednesday cleared Thailand’s oldest political party of election law
violations charges,
Thai Court Clears Democrat Party
Forbes, NY – 7 hours ago
By
AMBIKA AHUJA 05.30.07, 9:14 AM ET. A court Wednesday cleared Thailand’s
oldest political party of election law violations charges, a verdict
that could
Thai Court Finds Democrat Party
Wall Street Journal – 8 hours ago
AP.
BANGKOK, Thailand — A Thai court Wednesday ruled the country’s oldest
political party was not guilty of maligning ousted Premier Thaksin
Shinawatra or
Thailand’s Democrat Party escapes dissolution
Forbes, NY – 8 hours ago
BANGKOK
(Thomson Financial) – Thailand’s Democrat Party, one of the kingdom’s
two main political groups, did not commit electoral fraud and will not
be

Thai Court Clears Democrat Party of Election Offences (Update2)
Bloomberg – 8 hours ago
By
Beth Jinks and Anuchit Ngyuen. May 30 (Bloomberg) — Thailand’s
constitutional court cleared the Democrat Party, the country’s oldest,

Thai Court Clears Democrat Party
Guardian Unlimited, UK – 8 hours ago
From
AP. AP Photo XBK104, XBK101, DLL111, DLL112. By AMBIKA AHUJA. AP
Writer. BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – A court on Wednesday cleared the
country’s oldest

Thai Court Clears Democrat Party
Forbes, NY – 8 hours ago
By
AMBIKA AHUJA 05.30.07, 7:26 AM ET. A court on Wednesday cleared the
country’s oldest political party of election law violations charges, a
verdict that
Thai court acquits Democrat Party of all charges
Reuters India, India – 9 hours ago
By
Chalathip Thirasoonthrakul. BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s
Constitutional Tribunal acquitted the Democrat Party on Wednesday of
all charges of breaking
Key Thai party cleared of fraud
BBC Bulgaria, Bulgaria – 9 hours ago
Thailand’s
Constitutional Court has acquitted the Democrat Party of all charges of
violating the country’s election laws. If the party had been found
guilty
Thai Court Clears Democrat Party
San Francisco Chronicle, CA – 9 hours ago
Thai Court Clears Democrat Party
Guardian Unlimited, UK – 9 hours ago
Thai Court Clears Democrat Party
Forbes, NY – 9 hours ago
Thai party cleared of election violation
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – 9 hours ago
A
Thai court ruled the Democratic Party was not guilty of maligning
ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and urging voters to cast a
“no” vote in last
Thai Court Rules On Political Party
Guardian Unlimited, UK – 10 hours ago
From
AP. AP Photo BK108. BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – A court ruled Wednesday
that the country’s oldest political party was not guilty of maligning
ousted
Thai court acquits Democrats of 3 of 4 charges
Reuters Canada, Canada – 10 hours ago
BANGKOK
(Reuters) – Thailand’s constitutional judges acquitted the Democrat
Party on three of four charges that could see it disbanded and their
leaders
Thai Political Party Found Not Guilty
Forbes, NY – 10 hours ago
AP
05.30.07, 6:07 AM ET. A court ruled Wednesday that the country’s oldest
political party was not guilty of maligning ousted Premier Thaksin
Shinawatra and
Thai Political Party Found Not Guilty
San Francisco Chronicle, CA – 10 hours ago
A
court ruled Wednesday that the country’s oldest political party was not
guilty of maligning ousted Premier Thaksin Shinawatra and urging voters
to cast a
Thai political party found not guilty
Houston Chronicle, TX – 10 hours ago
©
2007 AP. BANGKOK, Thailand — A court ruled Wednesday that the country’s
oldest political party was not guilty of maligning ousted Premier
Thaksin
Thai court rules on political party
San Jose Mercury News, CA – 10 hours ago
AP.
Thai police officers talk to each other after they are deployed outside
the constitution court in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, May 29, 2007.
Thailand to Impose Emergency If Protests Turn Violent (Update2)
Bloomberg – 10 hours ago
By
Beth Jinks and Anuchit Nguyen. May 30 (Bloomberg) — Thailand’s Prime
Minister Surayud Chulanont said he will order emergency rule in Bangkok
if court
Thai judges sum up cases against political parties
Reuters India, India – 11 hours ago
BANGKOK
(Reuters) – Thailand’s constitutional judges summed up the cases
against the country’s two major parties on Wednesday which could see
them disbanded
Thai political parties await ruling
MLive.com, MI – 12 hours ago
By
GRANT PECK. AP. BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand’s roller-coaster
politics of the past year and a half, which saw a popular civilian
government toppled
Thai Political Parties Await Ruling
Guardian Unlimited, UK – 12 hours ago
From
AP. AP Photo BK108. By GRANT PECK. AP Writer. BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) –
Thailand’s roller-coaster politics of the past year and a half,
Thai Political Parties Await Ruling
Forbes, NY – 13 hours ago
By
GRANT PECK 05.30.07, 3:24 AM ET. Thailand’s roller-coaster politics of
the past year and a half, which saw a popular civilian government
toppled by a
Thai political parties await ruling
Houston Chronicle, TX – 13 hours ago
By
GRANT PECK AP Writer. © 2007 AP. BANGKOK, Thailand — Thailand’s
roller-coaster politics of the past year and a half, which saw a
popular civilian
Thailand awaits “Judgement Day” party rulings
Boston Globe, MA – 13 hours ago
By
Chalathip Thirasoonthrakul | May 30, 2007. BANGKOK (Reuters) – The
judges were isolated and 1000 police manned barricades around the court
on Wednesday
Thais await key political ruling
BBC Bulgaria, Bulgaria – 14 hours ago
Security
is high in Thailand ahead of a court ruling that could see the two main
political parties disbanded and their leaders banned from politics.
Thailand awaits landmark ruling on parties’ dissolution amid anxiety
Xinhua, China – 14 hours ago
BANGKOK,
May 30 (Xinhua) — A sense of anxiety hang over Thailand, especially
the capital Bangkok Wednesday morning, as political groups and the
public
Thailand awaits “Judgement Day” party rulings
Swissinfo, Switzerland – 14 hours ago
By
Chalathip Thirasoonthrakul. BANGKOK (Reuters) – The judges were
isolated and 1000 police manned barricades around the court on
Wednesday as Thais awaited
Thailand ups security ahead of ruling
CNN – 15 hours ago
BANGKOK,
Thailand (AP) — Thousands of security officers fanned out across the
Thai capital Wednesday and political Web sites were shut down, amid
fears of
Fears of Thai violence ahead of party ruling
The Age, Australia – 15 hours ago
Thai
policemen check arrive at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok ahead of
today’s hearing to decide whether to dissolve the kingdom’s two largest
Thailand tightens security ahead of ruling that could dissolve
International Herald Tribune, France – 19 hours ago
AP.
BANGKOK, Thailand: Security has been stepped up in the Thai capital and
political Web sites have been closed down, amid fears of violence ahead
of a

Foreigners warned ahead of court ruling
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – 19 hours ago
Foreigners
in Bangkok were today warned to exercise caution amid mounting security
fears ahead of a landmark court decision over whether to dissolve

Timeline of Thailand’s recent political upheavals
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria – 41 minutes ago
©
AP. A Thai court disbanded ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s
Thai Rak Thai party on Wednesday and barred him and 110 of its
executives from

Thai tribunal dissolves populist party, clears Democrats (Roundup)
Monsters and Critics.com, UK – 3 hours ago
Bangkok
– Thailand’s Constitution Tribunal on Wednesday dissolved the Thai Rak
Thai (Thais Love Thais) party of deposed prime minister Thaksin
Shinawatra,

Ex-Thai PM Thaksin banned from politics for 5 yrs as party
ABCmoney.co.uk, UK – 3 hours ago
By
: Agencies. BANGKOK (Thomson Financial) – Ousted Thai prime minister
Thaksin Shinawatra has been banned from politics for five years, along
with 110

Thai court clears Democrat Party
Kentucky.com, KY – 3 hours ago
By
AMBIKA AHUJA. AP Writer. Thais gather at a local restaurant near the
party headquarters of ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to
watch live
Thai Democrat Party Cleared of Election Fraud
Men’s News Daily, CA – 3 hours ago
A
constitutional tribunal in Thailand has acquitted the country’s second
largest party – the Democrats – of slander and bribery linked to
general elections
Court ruling puts future of leading Thai political party in doubt
940 News, Canada – 3 hours ago
BANGKOK,
Thailand (AP) – Two top members of Thailand’s former ruling party have
been found guilty of election law violations, a ruling that could lead
to
Thailand’s Democrat Party escapes dissolution
Baku Today, Azerbaijan – 3 hours ago
Thailand’s
Democrat Party, one of the kingdom’s two main political groups, did not
commit electoral fraud and will not be dissolved, a top court ruled

Thailand’s Thai Rak Thai party dissolved UPDATE
Life Style Extra, UK – 3 hours ago
BANGKOK
(Thomson Financial) – Thailand’s Thai Rak Thai party, founded by ousted
prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has been dissolved after a top court

Thaksin banned from politics, party disolved
ABC Online, Australia – 1 hour ago
Thailand’s former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been banned from politics for five years and has had his political party dissolved.
Ex-Thai PM Thaksin banned from politics for 5 yrs as party Forbes
Thaksin banned from Thai politics for five years Scotsman
Thaksin banned from Thai politics The Age

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  1. THAILAND: The judiciary is the real loser

    On 30 May 2007 Thailand’s senior judges participated in a farce that was not of their making but has, thanks to their acquiescence to the country’s military regime, been made to appear one of their doing. By sanctioning a decision that was made well before 19 September 2006, they have caused immense damage to already diminished judicial institutions, with far-reaching consequences.

    (For the full statement, please refer to http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2007statements/1041/)

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