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Yingluck Not Surprised Over Impeachment, Insists On Innocence

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BANGKOK – Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday she was not surprised over the vote in the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to impeach her over a trouble-plagued rice subsidy scheme and insisted on her innocence.

In a posting on her Facebook account, Yingluck said the scheme was a good policy that benefited the farmers and stated that she would fight to the end to prove her innocence.

She said she was not surprised by the outcome of the vote in the NLA and the decision by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to indict her in a criminal case over the rice subsidy scheme.

She thanked the small number of the NLA members who had voted against the impeachment motion.

The members of the NLA voted with a majority of 190-18 votes out of the 220 members to have Yingluck impeached.

The OAG also announced that it would charge her for failure to halt the scheme although the National Anti-Corruption Commission discovered irregularities in it.

Yingluck had scheduled a press conference on the impeachment, but it was cancelled at the last minute.

A large corps of local and foreign journalists had waited for Yingluck to speak at the press conference that was originally scheduled at 3.30 pm (4.30 pm in Malaysia) at a hotel here.

The NCPO and army spokesman Col Winthai Suvaree confirmed that the NCPO had asked for Yingluck’s cooperation not to hold the press conference as the country was under martial law from May last year. – BERNAMA


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