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>> america's middle class: rebuilding the dream on real money with ali velshi on al jazeera america >> thailand's prime minister is asked to step down after being found guilty of violating the constitution. . you're watching al jazeera, live from our headquarters in doha. also on the program - election day in south africa. people who lived under apartheid tells youngsters every vote counts. the ukranian army renews its offensive trying to recapture a town from pro-russia activists. plus...
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..trying to rebuild after ty fun heyon, a man that loft -- typhoon haiyan, a man that lost his wife, children and grandchildren tells us why he has hope. thailand's prime minister has been ordered to step down by the country's constitutional court. this after judges found yingluck shinawatra guilty of violating the constitution. veronica pedrosa is following the story in bangkok and joins us live from there. an historic decision today. >> reporter: yes. one is a little bit wary of using big words to describe what is happening when we don't know the full implications but, indeed, the constitutional court ruled that the prime minister yingluck shinawatra, along with 10 of her cabinet minister, are
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guilty of abusing power and acting against the constitution. their decision to transfer the national security advisor from his office was an abuse of power and unconstitutional. under the law they are required to stepdown. all attention turns to the government house, where the government holds office, and we understand she is in an emergency meeting, kind of in a war room situation, as it were. they could conceivably defy the ruling. but under the law they are required to leave. there are still cabinet ministers who do not need to leave office, according to the constitutional court in the same ruling, because they were not there at the time of the transfer. if yingluck shinawatra does not defy this ruling, then who is in power? there are two articles
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in the constitution that speaksify which - whether it should be up to the senate, up to the house of representatives. it's not clear yet how this will go forward. in is it a rapidly developing situation. it's very dramatic that a constitution all court has removed - effectively removed a prime minister for power. an interesting observation is that this constitutional court has now toppled three prime ministers, nullified two elections, and dissolved two matters that are all associated with this current prime minister's side of the political divide. she and her controversial billionaire governor and prime minister, thaksin shinawatra
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have consistently been ruled against by the constitution at court. >> thank you. stay with us while we go to the opposition member of parliament with the democrat party joining us on the line from bangkok. firstly, your reaction to the decision by the constitutional court. >> well, i do respect their high integrity. second, what i mentioned about constitutional court rulings on two previous governments and two political parties, i would like to mention that this is a reflection of the weakness of thailand's democratized process, whereby the parties. the public has to recourse to the cost of justice, the
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constitutional cost and administrative cost, and democratic society. so the point is that the people with power, like in egypt, russia, ukraine, or anywhere, once they have the majority of parliament, it doesn't give them a blank check to abuse the power and to destroy the fabric of democracy. i think the court, as a professional organization - that's the first point. the second point is that the accused, the previous prime minister and yingluck shinawatra, they have the full right to defend themselves. some of the cases - they won some cases, they lost. it's under the legal process. i think there shouldn't be any doubt about the constitutionality and integrity of judicial institutions of
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thailand. this is something that i would like to find out. second, i think inside the constitution there are a couple of articles that can provide a way out to the koran situation where there'll be a fact um in the government. i think there'll be recourse to article 3 and 7. second, without the house of representatives, they can act op behalf of the non-existent house. so the president of the parliament could consalt political parties, bureaucracy and protesters of all colours on how to go about the formation of an interim government, to set up elections, and also to do the reform, and to organise possibly
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a referendum on those elements. >> thank you very much for that. >> that's opposition member of parliament for the democrat party. joining us on the line from bangkok. >> while the legal troubles of thailand's former prime minister was the latest challenge to rule. protests failed to force her from office. simon mcgregor would report that it may create a dangerous political vacuum. >> she was the youngest prime minister, and the first woman to hold the office. a successful business woman, since she came to power in 2011, her leadership has been crippled by civil conflict and a protracted campaign of protests. >> thailand has been gripped by political unrest, when her billionaire brother was deposed after a military coup. he lives in exile. those opposing yingluck shinawatra, accuse her of acting
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as his puppet. the family's tire -- entire base is among the poor, the red shirts. they see the elite's as prejudiced against them. in 2013 street clashes were more violent. more than 20 were killed. yingluck shinawatra called for fresh elections in february. they were annulled and rescheduled for july. her removal from office will create a dangerous political vacuum, likely to see more protests on the streets, and will do little to end the ongoing political turmoil. to other new, and security is tough as polls open in south africa. in the presidential and parliamentary elections. it's been 20 years since the end of apartheid. 25 million people are expected to cast their ballots. these are live pictures from
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soweto. it's the first time people born after the end of white rule will have a say. >> well, let's have a look at the major players in south africa's election. the president of the ruling african congress party, jacob zuma, is on course to be re-elected for another 5-year term. south africa is facing high unemployment. helen zila is the head of main opposition party, and is trying to get national support. then former a.n.c. leader julius malina. heading the freedom fighters. he has support among many young black people. our correspondent is there for us. there's much anger there where
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you are, over many issues likely to be key issues, least among them, poor conditions. >> exactly, look behind me. see the police officers, and in particular the army. they have been deployed to the area because there was trouble on tuesday night. people basically said why are we voting. they destroyed three polling stations. that's one over there. they came and destroyed the equipment. the election officials woke up and tried to erect an alternative venue, the tents here. government officials have told people please come out and vote, it is safe because the police and army are on the seats. the line has been growing, these are people waiting in line to group. people that support the ruling party. the african national congress. they say the same thing, basically that 20 years after the end of apartheid, why do we
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live like this. they say they need water, electricity and jobs. look over there, at the end. that's how a lot of people, not just in this area, but in many parts of the country. people have time to talk about the bread and butter issues. they under that we need to discuss about apartheid, our history, and perhaps now, 20 years after apartheid. 20 years after democracy, let's find ways to make life easier. there are many south african that it's important to teach about south africa, its history, and my colleague has this report. >> i'm going share with you what has gone through in 1994. >> reporter: this man's history students listen as he describes voting for the first time. >> we woke early in the morning. 12 o'clock am. because each and everyone wanted
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to vote. why, because we never experienced that before. >> 20 years on some students are not increased with the result. >> do you think at some point we are experiencing apartheid all over again. even though we do vote, at the end of the day it's kind of... >> if you don't vote, it could mean that the impact - they'll be dead forever. >> many feel the governing african national congress should have done more. he doesn't try to influence how his students vote. some of the students at the school in 1976 led the soweto uprising against apartheid. one was shot dead and
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immortalized. teachers and students will vote here on wednesday. >> there was a time when i voted, and after the vote manned was put into the presidency. it was a mag nif september and glorious period. >> the school is trying to give its students the taste of that period. >> thousands of south africans died fighting for the freedom. the students trying to ensure that those born in a free south africa never take their rights to vote granted. they are teaching them to take the role seriously, and every vote counts. the u.s. is sending a team it help for the search of more than 279 nijan girls kidnapped. another eight were abducted in borno state.
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>> reporter: the plight of the kidnapped school girls in nigeria has become a story in the american media. more than three weeks into their nightmare, protests on the streets of america's biggest cities. >> imagine if it was your daughter. >> los angeles, and in front of united nations in new york. >> we don't need money. we need technical assistance. we need a friend of nigeria. >> u.s. official say they offered help from the first day. they say the nigeria government refused until now. >> the government had its own set of strategies, if you will, in the beginning. you know, you can offer and talk, but you can't do if a government has its own sense of how it's proceeding. >> the offer now accepted, it's clear that the two countries have different ideas about what the u.s. will do in mijia. >> includes the deployment of u.s. security personnel to work
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about the counterparts in the search and rescue operation. >> we have september in a team to nigeria. they accepted our help, accommodation of military, law enforcement and other agencies, who are going in to identify where, in fact, the girls might be and provide them help. it's a heart breaking, outrageous situation. >> president obama seemed to indicate later, boko haram could be a target. >> this may be the event that helps to mobilize the international community to finally do something against this horrendous organization that perpetrated a terrible crime. >> u.s. at the white house stressed that the u.s. plans to help as much as possible, but saying first and foremost they believe it's up to the nigerian government to ensure the safety of its own citizens.
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more to come on the programme. qatar is submitting a report on the company of its migrant worker to the u.n. security council in geneva. we'll go live there.
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you good to have you with us. these are the top stories on al jazeera - thailand's prime minister has been ordered to step down by the country's constitutional court. this after judges found yingluck shinawatra guilty of violating the constitution. polls opened in south
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africa's parliamentary elections. it's been 20 years since the end of apartheid. it's the first time those born at the end of white rule will have a say. the u.s. helping to search for 279 nigerian girls. eight more from abducted in borno state. protesters in abuja rallied on tuesday, calling for the government to do more. now, afghan president hamid karzai arrived at a village where a massive landslide killed more than 250 people, after violence broke out on tuesday in an aid camp in the north-east. the survivors have been sheltering. they are angry at the government for not doing more to help them. our correspondent is joining us from badakhshan. president hamid karzai arriving in the area, as we mentioned, after the government has come
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under criticism for not doing enough in the rescue, the recovery effort here. >> reporter: indeed. in fact, president hamid karzai addressing a crowd of survivors of this landslide. he spoke to them for nearly an hour. he promised them that he, as the president, would not forget them, he'd help with the recovery efforts, to find the bodies, but were baried beneath metres of blood and stop and promised that aid would be delivered and promised to help them rebuild their ohms. it was a tense -- homes. it was a tense discussion between the survivors of the landslide and the president. at 1.1 man stood up and told mr hamid karzai that he lost everything and he stood up. took his tur ban and threw to to the ground.
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it means not only has he lost his worldly possessions but his dignity in front of god. president hamid karzai assured the man he would not be forgotten. once again, dramatic scenes and, quiet frankly, angry people who survived the deadly landslide. >> what is the situation with aid supplies there, because we heard from you yesterday about how there was a gunfight going on between people in the region, desperate for aid, and some aid groups having to leave the area because of that security situation. >> well, at this stage there's a number of foreign aid agencies. there's the world food program, as you point out, they left quickly after the gunfire broke out. i do not see them.
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that could be because of the intense security because of hamid karzai sids visit. we have -- hamid karzai's visit. we have spoke to survivors. they say they are not receiving enough aid. it's cold at night. they don't have enough food for access to enough water. the aid situation is bleak. president hamid karzai assuring those that survived the landslide that the government will not forget them. many skeptical. >> thank you for that. that's our corporate joining us from badakhshan in afghanistan. now, qatar is presenting a report on the rights of its migrant workers to the human rights council in geneva. they have been criticised for treatment of construction workers and domestic maids. let's look at some concerns. first, there are the conditions
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inside the workers' camps. activists called them squalid and camp. there's the kav articlea system, sponsored by the employers, making it difficult for people to change jobs or leave the country without an exit permit. they have been criticised for poor safety standards. and there are domestic workers physically and sexually abused by employers. joining us from geneva is jamal. what is the response? >> the response headed by the foreign minister are presenting their report as to the achievements that the country makes in terms of listening to concerns and finding solutions to the problems. speaking to the delegation, they told me that they accept that there are many concerns and valid concerns with regards to particularly, as you mentioned,
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the migrant workers. however, they say there's a new labour law which will come in effect or be announced in a few weeks, dealing with a lot of concerns, going a long way in terms of making sure that the wrongs are put right, so to speak. particularly pertaping to the -- pertaping to the foreign spon orship, the kavala system, which will witness an overhaul or revamp, almost essentially scrapping it. in terms of qatar's human rights record. the allegation will be put to the human rights council that they have higher or a more impressive human rights record compared to their neighbours, pointing to the fact that there is qatar human rights department that is essentially semi-independent, which is a - which has a lot of freedom to
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ensure that the issue does not occur. >> thank you very much for that. that's jamal joining us from geneva. >> chinese giant alibaba filed documents to sell its shares in the u.s. analysts expect the company to raise between 15 and 20 billion, potentially surpassing facebook's share sails. alibaba's value has been estimated at $200 billion, more than facebook and amazon. it has several sub-sid yairies. three al jazeera english journalist continue to be detained in ae gipt, hold for 30 days. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed are falsely accused of conspiring with outlawed muslim brotherhood. the movement has been declared a
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terrorist organization by egypt. al jazeera rejects all the charms and demands their immediate release. there have been reports of more fighting in eastern ukraine where government forces are trying to recapture the city of slovyansk from pro-russian groups. these pictures have been uploaded on the internet on tuesday, showing ukranian troops, vehicles taking part in the operation in slovyansk. ukraine's interior minister says 30 gunmen and four soldiers were killed there on monday. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry accused russia of planning to annex more of ukraine's territory after a referendum on sunday. they say they will hold polls to decide whether they will remain part of ukraine. >> we also are very concerned about efforts of pro-russian separatists in donetsk in luhansk, to organise, frankly, a contrived, bogus, independent
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referendum on may 11th. we flatly reject this illegal effort to further divide ukraine, and the pursuit will create more problems in the effort to de-escalate the situation. >> it's been six months since typhoon haiyan struck the philippines. many survivors have been forced to fend for themselves. >> reporter: pedro hopes that every little thing built in his new home means that he is slowly finding a place to store away a painful memory. he lost 22 members of his family - his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters and cousins. six have not been found until now. he is left with his only son. all the others died when typhoon haiyan struck the philippines
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last november. >> translation: i dream of my grandchildren - how i used to play with them. i dream of me coming home to my wife. i remember the voices of my children. they will never leave my mind. >> he met the president aquino a few months ago and felt privileged to have shaken his hand. he held on to the promise of help. nothing came. most survivors feel they were given little opportunity to grieve. six months on many loved ones are unaccounted for. bodies are still being found almost every day, the chances of identifying them at this stage are next to zero. >> the death toll continued to rise. more than 6,300 are confirmed dead. more than 1,000 are missing. the government says efforts to
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identify dead bodies through d.n.a. is still under way. but in a disaster like this one, it is difficult and may take time. for many here, that is hard to accept. many of those buried in mass graves like this one are nameless. those who survive are faced with a more uncertain future. unable to find jobs and decent housing. there is that kind of struggle that worries many aid groups here. >> one of things that we are trying to do is identifying very early people who have emerging issues and mental health issues and point them towards the appropriate treatment. >> pedro adopted an orphan boy, a young survivor like him and hopes he can build prevent memories again. he knows the day may not come easily. up to now he says his government failed to understand how much
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identifying, how instead that matters to the living. well, that story and the rest of the day's news, including more on the latest development out of thailand. our lead story on our website >> the big international reports on climate change have not moved the needle as much in the united states. the white house gathered the latest science and focusing on the here and now. will that get your attention? that's inside story.