Key moments in ex-Thai premier's career

AP News
Posted: Jan 23, 2015 1:44 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — A military-appointed legislature in Thailand voted to impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, a move that could further polarize a divided nation that's been beset by political upheaval for a decade. Some key dates in the crisis:

— Sept. 19, 2006: The army topples Yingluck's brother, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a bloodless coup following months of protests alleging corruption, abuse of power and disrespect for the monarchy.

— July 3, 2011: Yingluck leads the Pheu Thai party to victory in general elections, and is named the country's first female prime minister. Her swift rise is largely due to the popularity of Thaksin, who critics say directed the party and later Yingluck's government from self-imposed exile.

— Nov. 1, 2013: The lower house of Parliament passes an amnesty bill that could allow Thaksin to return from exile. Public anger builds despite the Senate killing the bill, and evolves into half a year of street protests that cripple Yingluck's government.

— Dec. 9, 2013: Yingluck dissolves Parliament and calls early elections in a failed bid to ease the crisis.

— May 7, 2014: The Constitutional Court finds Yingluck guilty of abuse of power for transferring her National Security Council chief, and ousts her from her job.

— May 22, 2014: The army seizes power in a coup, suspending the constitution and removing the remnants of Yingluck's government.

— July 17, 2014: National Anti-Corruption Commission recommends criminal charges against Yingluck over her role in a rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars.

— Jan. 9, 2015: Military-appointed legislature begins impeachment hearing against Yingluck.

— Jan. 23, 2015: Legislature impeaches Yingluck in a majority vote. Attorney General's Office announces plans to indict Yingluck on criminal charges over the rice program. If convicted, she faces 10 years in prison.