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Thai PM denies abuse of power in key legal challenge

Published on May 6, 2014 1:33 PM
 
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives at the Constitution court in Bangkok on May 6, 2014. Thailand's besieged Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra denied an abuse of power allegation at the nation's Constitutional Court on Tuesday in a legal challenge which could see her removed from office. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's besieged Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra denied an abuse of power allegation at the nation's Constitutional Court on Tuesday in a legal challenge which could see her removed from office.

The case, one of two potential knockout legal moves against her premiership, comes as Thailand's political crisis reaches a critical juncture.

Anti-government protesters are still massed on Bangkok's streets - although in diminished numbers - and Yingluck's supporters are also threatening to rally to defend her.

The premier denied the complaint, filed by a group of senators, who said that the replacement of then-national security chief Thawil Pliensri after she was elected in 2011 was for the benefit of her party.

 
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