May 8, 2014

Thailand’s new political showdown: Yingluck ousted after ‘abuse of power’

Yingluck Shinawatra has been kicked out after hasty court proceedings against her. Her supporters are calling it a constitutional coup by forces who want the royal family to have more power in politics -- and those who are sick of the Shinawatras.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Thailand’s political roller coaster has taken a sharp downward turn, with the country’s constitutional court forcing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (pictured) and a number of ministers to resign over an alleged “abuse of power”, in what her supporters are calling a constitutional coup. A caretaker prime minister has been appointed by the remaining cabinet, but the country now appears to be headed towards a political showdown.

The court’s ruling, over the transfer of a senior security official in 2011, was marked by rushing proceedings and not allowing Yingluck to present key witnesses in court. The ousted prime minister’s supporters have claimed since the proceedings were first initiated that they were being orchestrated by anti-democratic forces.

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3 thoughts on “Thailand’s new political showdown: Yingluck ousted after ‘abuse of power’

  1. Michael Jones

    “Having experienced the effectiveness of the yellow shirts’ mass protests and building occupations, the red shirts can be expected to try something similar soon. The only question will be whether Thailand’s traditionally more conservative security forces show as much restraint against the red shirts as they had against the yellow shirts.”

    This article at times seems oblivious to the era of protest and occupation by the red shirts that predates the current era of similar tactics by their opponents.

    I’m not down on their tactics or the legitimacy of their cause, but the article does seem to lack context in some areas.

  2. sebster

    Excellent, succinct and pretty fair-minded summary of the latest stage of the unfolding and sad crisis in Thai democracy. I do hope it can be resolved in time, as Thailand – however imperfect – is and should be a beacon of democracy in an otherwise hopelessly repressive region. Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam are sadly not bywords for openness, and so Thailand’s struggle with free and fair elections is to be commended, and nurtured.

  3. Jill Baird

    Sounds like Yingluck’s outta luck.

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