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Legal wrinkle in Thai electionsBy David Swartzemtruber
"We asked (the) EC to recommend to the Constitutional Court to dissolve Pheu Thai," Wiratana Kalayasiri, head of the Democrats' legal team, told AFP.
"The accusation is that Pheu Thai allowed people subject to five-year political bans to become involved in policy planning, phone-ins and video addresses and also the selection of candidates," he said.
Two Thaksin Shinawatra-based parties have been dissolved in the past and their top executives, including the controversial former leader, were banned from politics.
There are 111 banned politicians from a political party that preceded the current Pheu Thai party floating around Thailand.
The question is if involvement in the Pheu Thai campaign constitutes political involvement under this law. For certain the banned politicians cannot run for office but do lesser activities cross the line? What does the law allow and what doesn’t it allow?
Another banned politician, Newin Chidcob, de facto leader of the Bhumjaithai party, is often in the news making political statements.
Thai courts move quite slowly and any decision is sure to be made following the swearing in of Yingluck Shinawatra as prime minister.
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