As court cases mount, survival hopes wane for troubled Thai PM




 
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As court cases mount, survival hopes wane for troubled Thai PM
 
April 3rd, 2014  
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As court cases mount, survival hopes wane for troubled Thai PM
By Martin Petty BANGKOK (Reuters) - The legal cases are piling up fast against Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her party loyalists. During eight years of intermittent power struggles, Thailand's courts have become deeply politicized and their rulings haven't been kind to the Shinawatra family, whose parties and allies have been the country's undisputed electoral champions for more than a decade. Since 2006, judges have ruled that two governing parties controlled by Yingluck's brother and former premier Thaksin Shinawatra be dissolved, $1.4 billion of the family's assets confiscated, two election wins annulled and nearly 150 politicians banned for five years, including a prime minister whose appearances in a TV cooking show cost him his job. If five months of crippling street protests haven't been enough to contend with, her fate is now in the hands of Thailand's topsy-turvy, at times bewildering, checks and balances system.




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