Thailand Prime Minister and cabinet banned from politics

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Bangkok Update as of December 2, 2008, 13:20 hrs (Bangkok time)

The Thailand Constitutional Court has just announced that the 3 coalition political parties currently in government were guilty of election fraud and the parties are to be dissolved and their members are banned from politics for 5 years. This includes the Prime Minister and the entire cabinet.

The condition by the anti-government protesters to reopen Bangkok’s airports is that the Prime Minister has to stand down. The courts have now made this mandatory.

250,000 people are still stranded in Thailand due to the airport closures. If the protestors leave the airports they could re-open in 7 days. However, no one is sure how the verdict will will be reacted to by pro-government supporters.