Thailand elects first female prime minister
The "clone" sister of exiled former leader won in a landslide victory.
Ayinde O. Chase
July 4, 2011 11:34 am EDT
Politics, Election, National Elections, Human Interest, People, Accomplishment
Yingluck Shinawatra has been elected Thailand's first female prime minister.
A relative unknown and political novice, she garnered the top position under the guidance and tutelage of her big brother, controversial ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who describes her as his "clone."
Most consider the businesswoman as a political proxy for Thaksin, who lives in exile after he was ousted in a 2006 coup. However ,she proved critics wrong as she led a tough campaign that culminated with a landslide win.
"People are giving me a chance and I will work to my best ability," Yingluck said to a throng of her supporters at Puea Thai's party headquarters in Bangkok on Sunday.
The 44-year-old’s party already has secured a majority of 265 seats in the 500-seat lower house of parliament, according to preliminary results of Sunday’s polling. During one of her addresses, she announced an agreement that would boost her coalition to 299 seats.
Shinawatra declined to declare an outright victory until official results were released.
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