Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra steps down in Thailand

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

In Thailand, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stepped down on Wednesday in a court ruling that handed a victory to anti-government protesters.

"We held true to the principles of honesty in running the country, and never acted corruptly, as we were accused," said Shinawatra, according to the Associated Press.

Thailand’s Constitutional Court is also ruling that some of the Cabinet must step down, according to Voice of America. The Prime Minister was found guilty of abuse of power. In 2011, Shinawatra transferred a senior civil servant to another position.

Opponents of Shinawatra consider the prime minister stepping down a victory. Their dissent was heard in Bangkok, as protesters demanded that the prime minister make a way for a new leader. Shinawatra’s opponents are mostly from the urban elite and the south.

It’s difficult to say where the change of power leaves Thailand. Jatuporn Prompan, leader of the pro-Yingluck Red Shirt protest movement, said that the verdict is a “bump in the road.” Prompan said that “if there’s a coup, we will fight.”



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