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Democrat urges Yingluck to quit over rice-pledging scheme

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut Friday called on caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign in a move to take responsibility for the alleged irregularities in the government's controversial rice-pledging scheme.

"She is losing the legitimacy to push for reforms. Who will listen to her? If she is sincere, she should step down. She can use this [NACC resolution] as an excuse [to resign] with her brother Thaksin," he said.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Thursday resolved to press charges against 15 people involved in the fake government-to-government rice deals claimed to have been signed by the government. The NACC also resolved to investigate Yingluck for alleged dereliction of duty that allowed corruption to plague the scheme.

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