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Yingluck elected Thai prime minister

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Yingluck elected Thai prime minister


Thailand’s parliament has elected Yingluck Shinawatra as the country’s first female prime minister.

The 44-year-old businesswoman, who was unopposed, won the 251 votes required to follow in the footsteps of her brother, who has been living in self-imposed exile since 2006.

Yingluck, whose political career only began 11 weeks ago, must now wait for a royal endorsement before she can officially take up her post. Speaking after the vote, Yingluck said she was eager to start working to solve the country’s problems.

The honeymoon is likely to be short however as millions of poor supporters expect great things from her, most notably a change from the corruption charges her brother Thaksin faced.

Her biggest test may be how she handles the issue of his possible return to Thailand and whether he serves a two-year jail term for abuse of power.

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