Thailand will hold a much-delayed general election on February 24, 2019, nearly five years after a military junta took power in a coup and imposed a ban on political activity.
Yingluck Shinawatra was sentenced for mishandling a failed rice scheme, in a verdict read in absentia after she fled Thailand last month.
An arrest warrant was issued for former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday after she failed to turn up to court for her verdict in a negligence case.
After Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show up at court for a verdict hearing, Thailand's Supreme Court said it will issue an arrest warrant for the former prime minister. Sources close to her say Shinawatra has fled the country.
Thailand's Somchai Wongsawat, a brother-in-law of deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, along with then-deputy prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyuth, was accused of abuse of power over a deadly crackdown on demonstrators in 2008.
Thailand's ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she will 'use every channel available to fight' against the order.
Under tight-controlled referendum, the military-backed government in Thailand won overwhelming majority in approving the constitution draft. Critics say the ‘yes' vote is not good for democracy.
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