Friday, 9 May 2014

Thai court closes as prime minister resigns

Thailand’s anti-corruption commission voted to indict Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra May 8 over a controversial rice-subsidy program…A day before, the country’s constitutional court ordered Ms Yingluck to resign…If the Senate finds Ms Yingluck guilty of charges of cronyism, she could be barred from politics for five years…Thailand's Constitutional Court closed its offices on May 8 following unexplained gunfire on May 7, The Nation reported…A grenade was also thrown at the home of one of the court's judges overnight May 7, and the headquarters of a major commercial bank, as well as a scientific research facility, were similarly damaged…Elections are scheduled for July 20…The gunfire incident could indicate that a backlash is underway after the Constitutional Court's ruling May 7 to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra…It also shows that Thailand’s political turmoil could continue despite Ms Yingluck stepping down…Her party, Pheu Thai, still retains significant support and will campaign in the upcoming elections…However, as the prime minister resigns, the opposition will see it as a victory, even if real changes are still a long way off.

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