Thai PM removed from office

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YIngluckThailand’s Constitutional Court on May 7 has ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down after finding her guilty in an abuse of power case, pushing the country deeper into political turmoil. Yingluck was charged with abusing her authority by transferring a senior civil servant in 2011 to another position.

The court ruled that the transfer was carried out with a “hidden agenda” that violated the constitution. It also ordered nine ministers to leave their position, including the finance minister, the minister of foreign affairs and Yingluck’s deputies.

The ruling marks the latest twist in Thailand’s long-running political crisis. Yingluck supporters have vowed to hold a major rally Saturday, which many fear could spark violence.

Anti-government groups have been protesting in the capital Bangkok for six months in a bid to topple Yingluck. Those demonstrations disrupted a general election in February that she had been expected to win.

The crisis broadly pits Bangkok’s middle class and royalist establishment against the mainly poor, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by the military in 2006 and now lives in exile to avoid a jail term handed down in 2008 for abuse of power.

Yingluck’s supporters have accused the court of bias in frequently ruling against the government. In 2008, the court forced two Thaksin-linked prime ministers from office.

Some legal experts have said Yingluck’s entire government will have to go if she is forced to step down, but her party rejects that. She has led a caretaker administration with limited powers since dissolving parliament in December ahead of the election, and her party says another interim prime minister can be chosen.

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court on May 7 has ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down after finding her guilty in an abuse of power case, pushing the country deeper into political turmoil. Yingluck was charged with abusing her authority by transferring a senior civil servant in 2011 to another position.

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YIngluckThailand’s Constitutional Court on May 7 has ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down after finding her guilty in an abuse of power case, pushing the country deeper into political turmoil. Yingluck was charged with abusing her authority by transferring a senior civil servant in 2011 to another position.

The court ruled that the transfer was carried out with a “hidden agenda” that violated the constitution. It also ordered nine ministers to leave their position, including the finance minister, the minister of foreign affairs and Yingluck’s deputies.

The ruling marks the latest twist in Thailand’s long-running political crisis. Yingluck supporters have vowed to hold a major rally Saturday, which many fear could spark violence.

Anti-government groups have been protesting in the capital Bangkok for six months in a bid to topple Yingluck. Those demonstrations disrupted a general election in February that she had been expected to win.

The crisis broadly pits Bangkok’s middle class and royalist establishment against the mainly poor, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by the military in 2006 and now lives in exile to avoid a jail term handed down in 2008 for abuse of power.

Yingluck’s supporters have accused the court of bias in frequently ruling against the government. In 2008, the court forced two Thaksin-linked prime ministers from office.

Some legal experts have said Yingluck’s entire government will have to go if she is forced to step down, but her party rejects that. She has led a caretaker administration with limited powers since dissolving parliament in December ahead of the election, and her party says another interim prime minister can be chosen.

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