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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra defends 'honesty' of government after being forced to resign


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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra defends 'honesty' of government after being forced to resign

The Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has insisted that her government is honest after being forced to step down from office.

At a press conference on Wednesday Yingluck said she accepted the Thai constitutional court’s decision to dismiss her and thanked the people of Thailand for their support.

“I insisted that we have used honesty to administer the country and we never done anything that conveys any dishonest actions as accused,” Yingluck told reporters.

Earlier, the constitutional court had found Yingluck guilty of violating the constitution. A judge ruled that she abused her power by transferring a security official in 2011 which had benefited a relative of hers.

Nine cabinet members were also removed from office.

She will be replaced by Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong. A caretaker government is being put in place until a general election is called on July 20.

Anti-government protesters are still on the streets of Bangkok after six months of demonstrations.

Yingluck’s “Red Shirt” supporters are also threatening to rally to defend her, raising fears of clashes between the two groups.

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