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Thai 'red shirts' take up fight to defend PM facing impeachment

Published on Mar 23, 2014 2:01 PM
 
People hold placards during a rally demanding their votes to be respected, while protesting against the court's ruling in central Bangkok on March 21, 2014. Supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra say they will take to the streets as moves to impeach her gather pace, raising the spectre of confrontation with protesters who helped scupper a February election she had been expected to win. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra say they will take to the streets as moves to impeach her gather pace, raising the spectre of confrontation with protesters who helped scupper a February election she had been expected to win.

The Constitutional Court annulled the election on Friday and the chairman of the Election Commission said it would be months before a new vote could be held, leaving Yingluck at the head of an enfeebled caretaker government with limited powers.

The crisis is the latest chapter in an eight-year battle between Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment against supporters of Yingluck and Thaksin Shinawatra, her brother, who was ousted as premier by the army in 2006. He lives in Dubai to avoid a jail term for abuse of power.

After months of restraint, Thaksin's "red shirts" supporters are making militant noises under hardline new leaders.

 
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