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Thai PM Yingluck summoned to face graft charges that could see her removed from office

Published on Feb 27, 2014 11:27 AM
Thai anti-government protesters wave clappers as they rally outside the national police headquarters in downtown Bangkok on Feb 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand’s prime minister has been summoned to face an anti-corruption panel on Thursday to hear negligence charges that could lead to her removal
from office, following months of mass opposition protests.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who has protested her innocence, is expected to send a lawyer to represent her at the hearing into alleged corruption in her government’s flagship rice farm subsidy scheme.

She said last week that she was “willing to cooperate to establish the facts”.

Ms Yingluck flew to her political stronghold in northern Thailand on Wednesday where she is expected to spend several days inspecting government-backed projects.

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