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Thai protesters to 'appoint new government': spokesman

Update: May, 08/2014 - 11:00

BANGKOK – Thai protesters who have massed on Bangkok's streets for six months said on Thursday they will appoint a new government, following the removal of Premier Yingluck Shinawatra by a court.

"Tomorrow (Friday) we will take steps towards appointing a new government," protest spokesman Akanat Promphan said, adding the ruling party's new prime minister has no "legitimacy".

Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday dismissed Yingluck Shinawatra and nine ministers for abuse of power, leaving the government clinging to power but the nation still locked in a political crisis.

The cabinet swiftly appointed a deputy premier – Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan – to replace Yingluck, the younger sister of billionaire former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, as the ruling party struggled to regain its footing after the judicial blow.

The court, which has played a key role in deposing two other Shinawatra-linked governments in recent turbulent years, ruled unanimously that Yingluck acted illegally by transferring a top security official in 2011.

"Therefore her prime minister status has ended... Yingluck can no longer stay in her position acting as caretaker prime minister," presiding judge Charoon Intachan said in a televised ruling.

Nine cabinet ministers who endorsed the decision to transfer Thawil Pliensri were also stripped of their status.—  AFP

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