Click on the link to get more news and video from original source: http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-thailand-prime-minister-yingluck-shinawatra-forced-out-20140507-story.html
Ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra receives a rose from supporters in Bangkok. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP/Getty Images)
Yingluck Shinawatra has led a caretaker administration with few powers since December, when she dissolved parliament and called elections that her Pheu Thai party was expected to win. But the Constitutional Court annulled a vote held in February after anti-government protesters blocked polling places in one-fifth of voting districts nationwide.
The court’s unanimous ruling on Wednesday prompted new allegations that the judiciary is on the side of the anti-government protesters. The constitutional court has dealt several setbacks to the Pheu Thai party in recent years, including forcing two Thaksin-backed prime ministers from office in 2008.
Suchit Bunbongkarn, a retired constitutional court judge, said the ruling was appropriate.
“The court tried to play the game by the rules,” Bunbongkarn said. “It is a question of political legitimacy.”
The ruling buoyed the flagging anti-government movement, and within hours protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban marched with supporters triumphantly to their main protest site at Bangkok’s Lumpini Park.
One protester, Tikamporn Wonglangka, who hails from Chaing Rai in northern Thailand, said she welcomed the court’s decision and that she hoped the rest of the Cabinet would be removed when the national anti-corruption body rules on a Shinawatra-backed rice-subsidy scheme. Opponents say the subsidies, which have cost billions of dollars, were a bid to buy support for the government among farmers in the populous northeast.
“I want elections but this all has to finish first,” she said. “I want reform first.”
Adisorn Piengkes, a former lawmaker from the Pheu Thai party, said the court’s decision was “based on emotion.”
“The decision was not legal. The court is not for the people; it is for the upper class.”
Asked whether Yingluck’s supporters would take to the streets to protest the ruling, Adisorn said, “The people of Thailand must fight for democracy in the future.”
Roughneen is a special correspondent. Staff writer Bengali reported from Mumbai, India.