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    (Reuters) - Thailand's Constitutional Court is almost certain to rule against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on abuse of power charges on Wednesday, forcing her from office and raising the possibility of fresh mass protests by her supporters.

    That could lead to confrontation with anti-government groups which have been protesting in the capital, Bangkok, for six months in a bid to topple Yingluck. Those demonstrations disrupted a general election in February that she had been expected to win.

    The crisis broadly pits Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment against the mainly poor, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by the military in 2006 and now lives in exile to avoid a jail term handed down in 2008 for abuse of power.

    Yingluck's supporters accuse the court, which said it would issue its decision on Wednesday, of bias in frequently ruling against the government.

    In 2008, the court forced two Thaksin-linked prime ministers from office. A similar ruling against Yingluck is expected on Wednesday.

    Yingluck defended herself in court on Tuesday against a charge relating to her transfer of National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri in 2011, which opponents say was designed to benefit her Puea Thai Party and a family member.

    Yingluck, looking composed as she took the stand wearing a blue silk suit and a large pearl necklace, said a committee of ministers had made the decision to transfer the security chief.

    "I did not interfere in the decision process ... which should be for the benefit of the land," Yingluck told the court. "I have never benefited from any transfer of civil servants."

    Some legal experts say her entire government will have to go if she is forced to step down, but her party rejects that.

    She has led a caretaker administration with limited powers since dissolving parliament in December ahead of the election and her party says another interim prime minister can be chosen from among her five deputies.

    "There is no reason why the whole cabinet should go with her," Noppadon Pattama, a legal adviser to Thaksin, told Reuters. "That would be like carrying out a double execution."

    DECADE OF UNREST

    Months of protests have undermined Yingluck's government, but she has clung on and the number of protesters has dwindled.

    Tension, however, is rising again as she faces cases in courts criticized by her supporters as politicized.

    Both her "red shirt" supporters and anti-government protesters plan large rallies in or around Bangkok in coming days.

    That raised the possibility of new mass violence, like in 2010, when a government led by the current opposition leader ordered an army crackdown on Thaksin supporters after two months of protests. More than 90 died during those events.

    "Tomorrow, red shirt leaders will gather at our Bangkok headquarters and will issue a statement after the verdict," said Thanawut Wichaidit, a spokesman for the group.

    "Whether we bring forward our May 10 rally depends on the court ruling tomorrow. Let's wait and see."

    Yingluck's ousting would be a new boost in tension in nearly a decade of confrontation between supporters of Thaksin and the Bangkok-based royalist establishment who see Thaksin, a former telecoms tycoon, as a threat to their interests and accuse him of corruption and nepotism.

    Security chief Thawil was sidelined in 2011 when he was moved to an inactive post, nominally as adviser to the prime minister. He has argued that his transfer was to benefit the Shinawatras and their extended family.

    He was replaced by then national police chief Wichien Podposri, whose position as police chief was later given to Priewpan Damapong, a brother-in-law of Thaksin.

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    Wellwashers lined the sheets to the hairodrone as she showered the throng with overweight policy commitments and promises of I'll be back soon with bags of dosh.



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    Wellwashers lined the sheets to the hairodrone as she showered the throng with overweight policy commitments and promises of I'll be back soon with bags of dosh.



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    Quote Originally Posted by david44
    Noppadon Pattama, a legal adviser to Thaksin, told Reuters. "That would be like carrying out a double execution."
    Best idea he's had yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44
    Wellwashers lined the sheets to the hairodrone as she showered the throng with overweight policy commitments and promises of I'll be back soon with bags of dosh.
    After a brief break for refreshments, Chas and Dave played the enchore



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    Yingluck canned

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    On the bright side she can immediately resume her successful shopping career. Flights to Dubai already booked.

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    Rup Merdecock's favorite seems appropriate tho I preferred Steve Harley's cover



    Of course the purchasing power of vices is not just at Manolo Blahnok and Gobby and Dolciana

    Sue sis and the ban seems ideal but I'm sure you pop=pickers can find the best song for the final yingfluck, prudent advice from a lawyer may have saved her skin,party and wealth let alone the poor shmucks who have to work


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    Petty bourgeois on the run while old money has the fun


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    Perfect reply to all infringements when my caddy drives the Mercedes Nibblick into the bunker (While Deftones version is better this vid is fun)


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    Lets hope not eh!

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    found former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra guilty of negligence on Thursday over a financially ruinous state rice-buying scheme and she now faces a ban from politics after a Senate hearing.

    "The committee has investigated and there is enough evidence to make a case ... We will now forward it to the Senate," said Panthep Klanarong, president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

    If found guilty by the Senate, Yingluck could be banned from politics for five years.

    The decision comes a day after Yingluck was thrown out of office for abuse of power by the Constitutional Court.

    Under the subsidy scheme, a flagship policy of Yingluck's administration, the state paid farmers way above market prices for their rice.

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    Uks leading economic journal has couple of items too hot to handle here

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44
    Uks leading economic journal has couple of items too hot to handle here
    Roasting hot - worth a read.

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    If safe may I suggest that the wider world will be the place to see the bigger picture.

    If using shared pcs,office networks or a home based line be prudent.
    It is hard to imagine foreingers being in trouble except for LM and actual crime against new junta but as our Indian friend discovered when xenophobia's unleashed odd things can happen and I'm sure none of us would wish to lose the option to visit LOS esp in the new dawn beckoning.

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