Thai PM forced to resign over abuse of power

May 7, 2014 6:59 AM

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's caretaker Cabinet has appointed a new acting prime minister after a court forced out Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (SHIN'-uh-wah) and part of her cabinet.

Yingluck and nine Cabinet members were forced from power today by the Constitutional Court, which found her guilty of abuse of power.

She was charged with abusing her authority by transferring a senior civil servant in 2011 to another position.

The court ruled today that the transfer was carried out with a "hidden agenda" that violated the constitution.

Shortly after the ruling, her remaining Cabinet announced that the deputy prime minister (Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan) would become the interim leader.

The judgment marks the latest twist in Thailand's long-running political crisis.

But it does little to resolve the turmoil as it leaves the country in limbo and primed for more violence.

Yingluck supporters accuse the courts of toppling Yingluck through unfair use of the legal system after six months of anti-government protests failed to unseat her.

Her supporters have vowed to hold a major rally Saturday, which many fear could spark violence.


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