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Thailand's anti-corruption body to charge Puea Thai politicians, but Yingluck in the clear

Published on Jan 7, 2014 7:39 PM
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra smiles as she arrives at the Internal Security Operations Command in Bangkok on Jan 3, 2014. National Counter-Corruption Commission is to press charges against 308 politicians, most from Ms Yingluck’s Puea Thai Party, for trying to change the constitution to make the Senate a fully elected chamber. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Thailand's anti-corruption body plans to charge 308 politicians, mostly from the dominant Puea Thai party, for an illegal bid to change the Constitution last year (2013).

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), however, will not press charges against caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, even though she was among 381 former members of parliament and senators who backed a Bill to make Thailand's Senate a fully elected one.

About half of the seats in the Senate, the upper legislative chamber, are appointed, a Constitutional change introduced in 2007 when Thailand was under military rule.

It is not clear how the NACC's latest decision will affect the Puea Thai's ability to contest in the Feb 2 polls.

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