Embattled Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday defended herself against charges of negligence in a controversial rice subsidy scheme that could lead to her removal from office and a five-year ban from politics.
Polls opened in Thailand on Sunday to elect the upper house of parliament in a vote that could hold the key to the fate of the prime minister, who faces possible impeachment for negligence after months of street protests.
Protesters seeking to oust Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra plan to rally at her temporary office on Wednesday, creating another potential flashpoint a day after five people were killed in gun battles in Bangkok.
Lines of Thai riot police confronted anti-government protesters blocking the government`s headquarters in Bangkok on Tuesday after authorities said they would renew an operation to retake several sites occupied by demonstrators for weeks.
Explosions and several shots were heard in the Thai capital on Saturday as opposition activists bent on disrupting Sunday`s controversial snap polls clashed with government supporters, leaving seven persons injured.