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Thai cabinet appoints new PM

The Thai cabinet appointed a new caretaker prime minister on Wednesday shortly after Yingluck Shinawatra was removed from office by a court for abuse of power, a minister told reporters.

BANGKOK: The Thai cabinet appointed a new caretaker prime minister on Wednesday shortly after Yingluck Shinawatra was removed from office by a court for abuse of power, a minister told reporters.

"The cabinet has agreed to appoint Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan to act as caretaker prime minister," Phongthep Thepkanjana, a deputy prime minister said.

Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan is Thailand's commerce minister.

Thailand's Constitutional Court dismissed Yingluck from office in a ruling that threatens to unleash a new wave of political unrest in the kingdom.

The court, which has played a key role in deposing Shinawatra-linked governments in recent turbulent chapters of Thai politics, ruled unanimously that she acted illegally by transferring a top security official in 2011.

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