Ousted Thai PM a no-show at second round of impeachment hearings

January 16, 2015 5:29 AM

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Ousted Thai PM a no-show at second round of impeachment hearings

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear at her second impeachment hearing on Friday, sending ministers involved in a controversial rice subsidy program to answer questions from parliamentarians critical of her absence.

Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will hold a third and final hearing next week and then vote on Jan. 23 whether it finds Yingluck guilty of dereliction of duty. A guilty verdict that could see her banned from political office for five years.

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