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Thailand: Politics and Government

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Thailand. (242869)

The political situation in Thailand remains uncertain. The Thai Constitutional Court ruled on 2 December to dissolve three government coalition parties, including the People’s Power party, and banned executive members of the parties, including Prime Minister Somchai, from politics for five years. Efforts to form a new coalition government are continuing. We cannot rule out the possibility of further demonstrations and violent unrest. We continue to urge all parties to resolve their differences peacefully, respecting the rule of law and Thailand’s democratic institutions.