Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra may be removed from office if the nation’s Constitutional Court today rules she abused her position by transferring a top security official, a verdict that would deepen the nation’s political crisis.
Phanuwat Treekunakorn has seen first hand the difference 92 U.S. cents can make to the lives of ordinary Thais. The flat fee to see a doctor helped turn him into a loyal supporter of Thaksin Shinawatra and his family.
Thailand’s government is preparing to deploy 20,000 security personnel to counter a plan by protesters to create traffic chaos in central Bangkok in a push to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office.
Thailand’s junta is taking a page out of Thaksin Shinawatra’s policy playbook, adopting some of the populist measures that drove his political success in a move that may help stabilize growth for the remainder of 2014.
Schools were shut and international television channels were off air as stations broadcast military logos and periodic army statements, a day after Thailand’s military seized control following a six-month political stalemate that has sapped economic growth.
Thailand’s military junta ordered 35 more people to report to it by this afternoon or risk arrest, including ruling party members ousted in the coup, academics and a former protest leader who once seized Bangkok’s airports.
Thai protesters said they will seize Bangkok’s police headquarters today after failing to secure the facility yesterday, signaling their month-long effort to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra may be losing momentum.
Thailand’s Parliament selected Yingluck Shinawatra as the country’s first female leader after her election win last month, clearing the way for the King to endorse the sister of deposed former ruler Thaksin Shinawatra.
Yingluck Shinawatra, set to become Thailand’s first female prime minister, announced the formation of a five-party coalition to broaden the mandate she won in elections and head off concerns that violence might erupt over the fate of her exiled brother, ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.