In the face of ongoing anti-government protests, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has survived a no-confidence vote in parliament.
Thailand's Supreme Court has sentenced Yingluck Shinawatra to five years in jail for criminal negligence in a rice subsidy program. The former prime minister was tried in absentia after fleeing the country.
The Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant after ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear for the verdict in the case regarding her rice subsidy scheme. Thai media reports the politician fled to the Middle East.
Ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has told a court that the controversial rice subsidies helped boost the rural economy. She denies charges of failing to stem losses from the multibillion-dollar program.
Thailand's king has royally endorsed a constitution drawn up by the country's military government. The charter gives army leaders a strong say in politics, but also paves the way for polls.
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