Thailand's Constitutional Court has ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down from office, finding her guilty of abuse of power charges in a decision that further deepens the country's prolonged political crisis.
The Bangkok court on Wednesday ruled that Prime Minister Yingluck in 2011 improperly reassigned her then national security chief. It ruled the move was unconstitutional and meant to benefit her Pheu Thai Party.
The prime minister's supporters say the charges are politically motivated. They had threatened to protest if she were removed, raising fears about fresh violence, after dozens have already been killed in anti-government protests in recent months.