国际英语新闻:ThaiConstitutionalCourtacceptsdissolutionbidagainstbrand-newFutureForwardParty

BANGKOK,Dec.25(Xinhua)--Thailand'sConstitutionalCourtonWednesdayacceptedapetitionseekingthedissolutionofabrand-newFutureForwardPartyduetoasumofmoneypubliclydeclaredbythepartyasa"loan"butapparentlyinterpretedbyitsaccusersasanillegal"donation".

TheConstitutionalCourtacceptedthepetitionlodgedbytheElectionCommissioninpursuitofthecourt'spossibleverdictwhichmightleadtothesought-afterdisbandmentoftheoppositionparty,giventheallegedlyillegal"donation"amountingto191millionbaht(about6.32millionU.S.dollars)providedtoitbypartyleaderThanathornJuangroongruangkit.

Nopoliticalpartyisallowedtoobtainmorethan10millionbaht(about331,000U.S.dollars)incashdonationfromanyindividual,accordingtothepoliticalpartylaw.

Thanathornandhispartyhaveearlierinsistedthemoneywasmerelya"loan"providedtofinancetheirparty'selectoralcampaignsfortheMarchelection.FiveoutofthesevenmembersoftheElectionCommissionconcludedthatThanathornwouldnotanticipatearepaymentoftheloanmoneyfromhisownpartyinthefirstplace,thusdismissingtheclaimsthatitwasjusta"loan".

ThemembersoftheElectionCommissionapparentlybelievedtheFutureForwardPartyleaderhadmerelyintendedtoprovidecampaignfinanceforhisownpartybutthatsumofmoneywasfarbeyondthe10-million-bahtlimitbylaw.

Withoutaconventionalcanvassertohelpwithitsfirst-everelectoralcampaignsoraformerMPtoseekre-electionunderitstickets,Thanathorn'spartycameoffasthethirdlargestonewinning80MPseatsinthenationwideracetoparliament.

Nevertheless,Thanathorn'spartyisgivena15-daytimeasofthedateonwhichacopyoftheElectionCommissionpetitionisdeliveredtothepartyheadquartersinordertodefenditselfinwritingtotheConstitutionalCourt.

Meanwhile,thecourtisscheduledforJanuary21torulewhetherthesameoppositionpartymayhavedesignedtounderminethedemocraticrulewiththemonarchastheheadofstateornot.

Lastmonth,theConstitutionalCourtjudgedThanathornguiltyofholdingsharesofalittle-knownmediafirmafterheappliedtorunforMPheadinghisparty'srunningmatesonpartylistmodeearlierthisyear,thusdeprivinghimofhisMPstatus.Noelectoralcandidatesarelegallyallowedtoholdsharesofanymediafirm.Enditem

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