Archive for Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Airports reopening after PM ousted

December 3, 2008

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— Victorious anti-government protesters lifted their siege of Bangkok’s two airports today while the ousted government’s leaders met to decide on a caretaker prime minister to lead the politically chaotic kingdom.

The country’s immediate crisis, which virtually severed Thailand’s air links to the outside world for a week, appeared to be over and the People’s Alliance for Democracy said it was ending six months of daily anti-government protests. But the alliance warned it would be on the streets again if a new government tried to return to its past policies.

A court decision Tuesday forced the country’s prime minister from office and disbanded the three top ruling coalition parties. But they quickly were reconstituted under different guises and leaders met today to choose a caretaker prime minister.

A spokesman for the protest alliance, Parnthep Wonguapan, said protesters at Bangkok’s international and domestic airports were ordered to “clean up and pack their belongings” before leaving the two sites today.

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