Thai lawmakers vote in favor of impeachment for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Julie Noce reports.
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) VICE PRESIDENT OF THAILAND NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY SAYING; "The National Legislative Assembly reached the conclusion that Yingluck Shinnawatra should be impeached from her position. The result of the vote appears in this document." Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been impeached by parliament. A three fifths vote was required to push the impeachment through and with parliament members handpicked by the current Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the decision came as no surprise to Yingluck's supporters. Yingluck was ousted from office in a military coup last year after months of street protests by the opposition. In a separate blow Friday, the Attorney General's office announced it would move forward with criminal charges against her for her role in a rice scheme that cost the country billions of dollars. The impeachment carries with it a five year ban from politics. If found guilty of the criminal charges, she could go to jail for up to 10 years. Yingluck has denied all allegations and still enjoys support by rural sections of the country.