Thailand's Constitutional Court ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office on Wednesday, following accusations that she transferred National Security Council head Thawil Pliensri into another job to clear the position for a member of her family, a charge that Yingluck has denied. The court also ordered nine members of Yingluck's cabinet to leave the government, but left the majority of the cabinet in place.
In the short term at least, the move will do little to resolve the months-long political crisis brewing in the country. Twenty people have died in Thailand since November during anti-government protests against Yingluck's administration. Those protesters are mainly middle class, and mainly urban, and have long called for the Prime Minister to be replaced with an unelected "people's council," as the BBC noted. But Yingluck has substantial support from the country's more rural population, who will read the court's decision as yet another slight against Yingluck and her political party. In February, the same court invalidated the results of a snap election that she was expected to win, because anti-government protesters blocked polling stations in up to one-fifth of the country's voting districts, as the Los Angeles Times reported. Yingluck still faces several other unresolved accusations of government corruption.