The Thai political crisis has been dragging on since late 2013 with mass protests against the government of Yingluck (and her exiled, puppetmaster brother Thaksin) and counter-protests that have turned violent after waves of supporters were trucked in from the countryside to duke it out on the streets of Bangkok. (According to Our Man in Thailand, the long-running, Occupy-style protests also resulted in better street food.)
And now, a Thai court has officially ousted Yingluck:
A Thai court has ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several cabinet ministers to step down.
The Constitutional Court ruled that Ms Yingluck acted illegally when she transferred her national security head.
The ruling follows months of political deadlock. Anti-government protesters have been trying to oust Ms Yingluck since November 2013.
The remaining cabinet members have nominated the commerce minister to replace Ms Yingluck.
Our Man in Thailand writes:
The protesters (who are still hanging on in Lumpini Park) won! Yingluck is, improbably, out!
Contrary to what every Western news source—that I read—said was going to happen!
Now the fear is of the Reds [Thaksin and Yingluck supporters] descending on the city en masse and blowing shit up. But, like always, nobody knows what happens next.
This whole process seems to have deeply confused the US political press, which has been "explaining" this process in all kinds of conflicting ways, so take any definitive analysis of what this all means with a sprinkling of skepticism. (OMIT has described the situation as "oligarchs vs. plutocrats" with a dash of "urban middle class vs. rural populists.")
Now we'll see if the streets of Bangkok erupt in celebration—or clashes between different constituencies.