Constitutional Court of Thailand ordered PM Yingluck Shinawartra to step down

May 7, 2014 17:17 IST

Constitutional Court of Thailand on 7 May 2014 ruled that the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawartra must step down over abuse of power charges.

In its direction, the Court ruled the Yingluck acted illegally and abused her power by transferring her National Security Chief, a civil servant to another post about three years ago in 2011. The court termed that the transfer was carried out to benefit her politically powerful family and that’s why it violated the Constitution. This accusation was denied by her.

The Court in its judgment has ordered her to step down immediately along with all members (nine members) of her Cabinet, who were in the office at the time of the transfer.

Leaders of Yingluck’s party have declared that deputy Prime Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan would become an acting Prime Minister.
Apart from this the Yingluck’s party has also called this decision of the court as new form of coup d’etat.
This ruling came after months of political deadlock in the country as since November 2013 anti-government protesters have been demanding oust of Yingluck.

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