Latest: Thai Airport Protests Called Off

New hope for the thousands of stranded Scandinavians. Thai anti-government protesters have agreed to end their occupation of Bangkok’s airports, allowing thousands of stranded tourists to leave.
   Passenger flights from the main international airport are to resume on 4 December, say correspondents.
   Protests had shut down Thailand’s two main airports for more than a week.
   The deal follows a court ruling that forced Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat to step down over election fraud and disbanded his governing party.
   The constitutional court ordered Mr Somchai’s governing People Power Party and two of its coalition partners to disband. The parties’ leaders were also barred from politics for five years.
   The ruling came after months of protests led by the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) that have crippled the political process in Thailand.
   They had vowed to continue their protests until the entire government stepped down.
   They accused Mr Somchai’s administration of being corrupt and hostile to the much-revered monarchy, and too close to ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

 

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