'Democracy has died in Thailand today': Thai ex-PM Yingluck

Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (centre) gestures a traditional greeting to members of the media prior to facing impeachment proceedings by the military-stacked National Legislative Assembly (NLA) at the parliament in Bangkok on Jan 22
Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (centre) gestures a traditional greeting to members of the media prior to facing impeachment proceedings by the military-stacked National Legislative Assembly (NLA) at the parliament in Bangkok on Jan 22, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Embattled former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra Friday condemned a decision by the junta-stacked parliament to impeach her over her administration's controversial rice subsidy scheme as the end of democracy in the kingdom.

"Democracy has died in Thailand today, along with the rule of law. That move to destroy me is still ongoing and I face it now," she said in a statement posted on her official Facebook page following her impeachment.

The former premier was banned from politics for five years as the military government announced plans to press criminal charges against her, further dimming chances of reconciliation in the politically riven country.

The ban came after 190 out of the 200-member, military-stacked interim assembly voted to impeach her for dereliction of duty for failing to stop a controversial rice subsidy scheme administered by her government.

(more to come)