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Thitinan Pongsudhirak: Yingluck's impeachment a sideshow for Thailand

The retroactive impeachment of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra by Thailand's appointed parliament on Jan. 23 for dereliction of duty over her ousted government's controversial rice-pledging scheme has sapped efforts to reconcile the country's warring political factions.

     It has also set the country up for longer-term turmoil as forces supportive of and opposed to the legacy of Yingluck's brother Thaksin Shinawatra, a deposed former prime minister himself, vie for dominance in Thailand's future political order.

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