Thai court rules PM must step down, with no end to turmoil in sight




 
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Thai court rules PM must step down, with no end to turmoil in sight
 
May 7th, 2014  
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Thai court rules PM must step down, with no end to turmoil in sight
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court found Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of violating the constitution on Wednesday and said she had to step down, throwing the country into further political turmoil, although ministers not implicated in her case can remain in office. Yingluck has faced six months of sometimes deadly protests in the capital, Bangkok, aimed at toppling her government. But there appears no end in sight to Thailand's dysfunctional status quo, putting a further strain on the tourism-led economy which could be heading towards a recession, with protesters still pushing for political reform before any new elections are held. "The accused was involved in the transfer of Thawil Pliensri from his position as National Security Council head," the judge said, adding that was done in order for Priewpan Damapong, a relative, to "gain a new position".




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