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The Pheu Thai Party on Wednesday slammed election commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn over his warning that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could face legal trouble over a televised speech defending the cash-strapped rice-pledging scheme and blaming protesters for playing political games with it. 

In a speech broadcast nationwide by the Television Pool of Thailand on Tuesday morning, Ms Yingluck accused her political foes of obstructing the implementation of the rice-pledging scheme, which she insisted was beneficial to farmers and the economy.  

“I am saddened and must apologise to the farmers as anti-government groups are holding rice growers hostage and blocking the government from effectively implementing the scheme,” she said.  

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