Ousted Thai PM Challenges Rice Subsidy Impeachment Case

January 22, 2015 8:49 AM

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Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has stoutly defended her government's money-losing rice subsidy program, seeking to stave off a legislative vote that could ban her from politics for five years.

The 220-member legislature, installed by the military after a coup last May, will vote Friday on whether to impeach Yingluck. Impeachment requires a three-fifth vote of the members, almost all of whom are part of the military or political opponents of Yingluck.

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