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Thai court likely to force out PM Yingluck

Published on May 7, 2014 6:53 AM
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra attends a meeting at the Thai Air Force Academy in Bangkok on April 30, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

Thailand's caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is almost certain to be forced from office today as the Constitutional Court rules on her alleged abuse of power, worsening the country's long political deadlock.

A plan to hold another election on July 20 now appears uncertain, after the election commission yesterday delayed submitting a draft royal decree for the polls. Instead, it called for another meeting with Ms Yingluck.

The current unrest is the latest bout in an eight-year-long conflict between groups aligned with or opposing Ms Yingluck's brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup and lives abroad to evade a jail term for corruption.

His opponents boycotted the Feb 2 polls. At least 25 people have died in the six-month-long political conflict so far.

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