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Banharn admits he's at a loss

Chat Thai Party leader Banharn Silapa-archa yesterday warned the Constitution Court against applying a double standard when deciding the fate of the Thai Rak Thai and Democrat parties.

"The judges must rule with prudence because one party is 60 years old and another is only five years old. If the judges use different standards, the court will meet its demise,'' he said.

Banharn said he felt it was fair the public prosecutors had proposed the dissolution of all five parties. However, it was strange that they had made a much faster decision to prosecute the Democrats, he added.

Banharn was stunned after learning about the public prosecution panel's decision to seek a Constitution Court ruling on whether to dissolve five parties - including the Democrats and Thai Rak Thai.

He said the political situation is so turbulent that he was at a loss over the country's political direction. "Politics has reached its worst. I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. I do not know who will be the knight on the white horse to rescue the country,'' he said.

Banharn did not foresee the Chat Thai Party gaining from the situation. No MPs have joined the party, even though they are not currently "locked in" by the 90-day rule, as no Royal Decree has yet been issued formalising the proposed October date for the next general election. Some members had defected, however, he said.

Chat Thai Party deputy leader Somsak Prissanananthakul warned supporters of the main parties not to pressure the judges, saying it would only lead to confrontation.

"I want every one to use their conscience and respect the rules and laws of the country,'' he said.

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