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Pressure builds on Thai Senate as crisis drags on

Published on May 13, 2014 2:43 PM
 
Thai anti-government protesters blow whistles and shout slogans during a rally in front of the Parliament, as the senators meeting inside, in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 12, 2014. Thailand's Senate was due to meet on Tuesday to try to find a solution to protracted political turmoil, with both sides putting pressure on the only legislative assembly still operating in the polarised country. -- PHOTO: EPA

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's Senate was due to meet on Tuesday to try to find a solution to protracted political turmoil, with both sides putting pressure on the only legislative assembly still operating in the polarised country.

The deadlock, the result of anti-government protests that began in November, has largely crippled government, threatens to tip Thailand into recession and has even raised fears of civil war.

Last week the Constitutional Court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine of her cabinet ministers for abuse of power, but her caretaker government has remained in office, clinging to hope for a July 20 election which would probably see its returned to power.

The crisis is the latest phase in nearly 10 years of rivalry between the royalist establishment and Ms Yingluck's brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was deposed by the army in a 2006 coup.

 
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