With barely more than a month under her belt as a professional politician, Yingluck Shinawatra stood poised Monday to become Thailand’s first woman prime minister after her Pheu Thai party scored a resounding victory in Sunday’s national elections. Riding a well-oiled political machine and benefiting from the popularity of her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was deposed as prime minister in a 2006 military coup, Yingluck and her party won an apparent majority in parliament according to unofficial election returns.
Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand’s exiled former Prime Minister, likes to compare himself to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma’s pro-democracy movement.
Sonthi Boonyaratglin must have armor-plated gonads.
With a demure smile and a garland of jasmine, Thailand has always welcomed the world.
With the announcement of national elections on July 3, Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has placed his fate in the hands of the voters, and put the country’s developing democracy to what may prove to be a perilous test.
The naming of an honorary economic advisor to a small Southeast Asian country doesn’t usually make news.