The military government in Bangkok is offering more subsidies for rice farmers, who are struggling in the face of low prices. The junta hints the opposition is behind the price slump, but economists say it's more down to oversupply.
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.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha says the country will hold a general election in November 2017. The announcement comes after Thai voters approved a junta-backed constitution in a referendum over the weekend.
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