Bangkok, January 25: Thai authorities have banned former Prime Minister Yingluck Shiwatra from office for five years and launched a legal case that could see her jailed. An army–appointed legislature impeached her over corruption in a scheme she oversaw to subsidise rice farmers, BBC reported. The crimil charges, which also relate to the rice scheme, could result in a 10–year jail term. The military has ruled Thailand since May 2014, when they overthrew Yingluck’s government in a coup.
The impeachment sends a strong sigl that there will be no compromise and her family will be removed from politics. Yingluck and her brother, tycoon and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shiwatra, remain hugely popular among Thailand’s rural poor, but are hated by an urban and middle–class elite who accuse them of corruption and abuse of power. Their party is the most popular in Thailand and has —under various different mes — won every election since 2001. Yingluck was removed in May 2014, days before the army seized control. Shortly after her impeachment, Yingluck was due to hold a news conference at a Bangkok hotel. (IANS)