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Thai PM given more time to defend rice scheme charges

Published on Mar 13, 2014 6:50 PM
 
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gestures as she leaves the Royal Thai Air Force Headquarters, after a defense meeting in Bangkok, on March 4, 2014. Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Thursday, March 13, 2014, gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of negligence over a ruinous rice subsidy scheme, allegations that could bring her down. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Thursday gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of negligence over a ruinous rice subsidy scheme, allegations that could bring her down.

Ms Yingluck, weakened by four months of street protests, has been given until March 29 to defend herself, pushed back from Friday, March 14.

Thailand's long-running political crisis broadly pits Bangkok's middle class and elite plus some southerners against the mostly rural backers of Ms Yingluck and her brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, from the north and northeast.

Thaksin lives overseas to avoid a two-year jail term handed down for graft but is seen as the power behind Ms Yingluck.

 
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