Thousands of people have turned out for a third day of demonstrations in Bangkok. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has refused to step down and says next month's elections will take place.
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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