|Photo taken on May 6, 2014 shows Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand. (Xinhua/Reuter)|
BANGKOK, May 7 -- Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that the prime minister status of Yingluck Shinawatra was ended for abusing power in a personnel transfer in 2011.
Nine other caretaker cabinet members were also removed from office for their involvement in the transfer.
The judges unanimously ruled that Yingluck abused her prime minister status and interfered in transferring senior civil servant Thawil Pliensri for her own benefit, said Charoon Intachan, president of the nine-member court.
The nine are Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnog, Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na- Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, PM's Office Minister Santi Promphat, Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap, Deputy Defence Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapha and Deputy Commerce Minister Siriwat Kachornprasart.
The court said the remaining cabinet members can continue to perform caretaker duties until a new cabinet takes office.
It added it has no mandate to appoint a new prime minister within seven days.