Thai Court Ousts Prime Minister

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Acting caretaker Thai Prime Minister, Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan, talks with the press after Yingluck Shinawatra leaves the Defence Permanent Secretary Office on May 7, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Images)

Thailand’s caretaker Cabinet has appointed a new acting prime minister after a court forced out Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and part of her cabinet.

Yingluck and nine Cabinet members were forced from power today by the Constitutional Court, which found her guilty of abuse of power.

Shortly after the ruling, her remaining Cabinet announced that the deputy prime minister, Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan, would become the interim leader.

The judgment marks the latest twist in Thailand’s long-running political crisis.

But it does little to resolve the turmoil as it leaves the country in limbo and primed for more violence.

The BBC’s Jonathan Head is in Bangkok and joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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  • Jonathan Head, Southeast Asia correspondent for BBC News. He tweets @pakhead.
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