Thai Court: PM Must Step Down

    Thai Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan listens as Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra addresses reporters in Bangkok May 7, 2014. Niwatthamrong is to be Thailand's prime minister in place of Yingluck, who was forced to step down by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday along with several ministers after being found guilty of violating the constitution.   REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom  (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS PROFILE CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) - RTR3O4DQ

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    After six months of sometimes deadly protests, a Thai court ruled Wednesday that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was guilty of violating the constitution, and must step down. The court declared that she had abused her government position by removing Thailand's national security council chief so that a relative could “gain a new position.” Yingluck’s brother, former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra, lives in exile after being removed from office by the military in 2006. The court did rule, however, that members of Yingluck’s cabinet who were not involved can remain in place, meaning her government could survive.

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