Thai PM denies abuse of power in key legal challenge
Published on May 6, 2014 1:33 PM
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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