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Rice politics threatens to sink the economy

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The mistakes from the controversial rice-pledging scheme have proven to be a costly lesson for everyone. 

Two ministers, Boonsong Teriyapirom, and his deputy Phum Saraphol, together with a group of officials at the Commerce Ministry, were the first to pay the price when they were charged by the National Anti-Corruption Commission for alleged wrongdoings in the scheme.

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra _ who keeps blaming her opponents for the scheme's shortcomings, in particular the inability of the government to get loans to pay farmers _ is to hear a similar charge put forward by the graft-busters next week. If found guilty, Ms Yingluck may face impeachment.

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