There seems to be no love lost between the Pheu Thai Party and the Constitution Court _ which is understandable considering the painful lessons given by the court to the ruling party's two predecessors, Thai Rak Thai and Palang Prachachon, which it dissolved for electoral fraud and then banned their executive board members from politics for five years.
Their two prime ministers, Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat, were also stripped of the top executive posts by the court _ Samak for hosting a cooking programme and Mr Somchai as a result of the dissolution of the Palang Prachachon Party along with his banishment from politics for five years.
Although those events are now history, Pheu Thai MPs _ many of them former members of the two defunct parties _ hold deep grudges against the court. Tempers flared among them early this month when the court accepted for consideration a complaint filed by a group of senators led by Somchai Sawaengkarn accusing Pheu Thai of attempting to overthrow the constitutional monarchy by means of amending Section 68 of the charter. A guilty verdict by the court would mean the party ending up wearing the same fate as Thai Rak Thai and Palang Prachachon.
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