Thai court says PM must step down for constitution breach
BANGKOK - Agence France-Presse
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. REUTERS Photo
A Thai court
found Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty on Wednesday of
violating the constitution and said she could no longer serve as
caretaker premier, a decision likely to increase tensions in the
bitterly divided nation.
Judges delivering the
verdict said Yingluck had abused her position by transferring the
country's National Security Council chief to another post in 2011 so
that a relative could benefit from related job moves.
It was unclear whether Yingluck's cabinet, or cabinet members at the time of the transfer in 2011, would have to step down along with her. Judges were still reading the verdict.
Yingluck's removal is likely to bring her supporters into the streets in protest.