The Constitutional Court of Thailand Orders Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to Resign
The 2008–2009 Thai political crisis is an ongoing conflict in Thailand between the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and the People's Power Party (PPP) governments of Prime Ministers Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat and later between the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) and the Democrat Party government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. It is a continuation of the 2005–2006 Thai political crisis, wherein the PAD protested against the Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The PAD's followers usually dress in yellow, called 'the yellow shirts', the royal color of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The UDD's followers dress in red, widely called 'the red shirts', known as the supporters of the deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Samak Sundaravej (June 13, 1935 – November 24, 2009) (Thai: สมัคร สุนทรเวช; RTGS: Samak Sunthorawet) was a Thai politician who briefly served as the Prime Minister of Thailand and Minister of Defense in 2008, as well as the leader of the People's Power Party in 2008.