Yingluck Shinawatra won an outright majority in parliamentary elections in May to become the 28th Prime Minister of Thailand. Sister to infamous ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra exiled since 2006, Yingluck is expected to bring an end to the violence. A total of 296 MPs voted in support of Ms Yingluck, the country’s first female prime minister, while three Democrat MPs voted against her, with 197 abstentions. Oddly the democratic opposition did not present a Candidate for the position and Yingluck was the only Candidate for the position.
Yingluck was born the youngest of nine children June 21, 1967 making her only 44 years old. Although she has never previously held a government post or run for office, she insists that she is well qualified for Prime Minister and more than half of parliament believes her!
“My father was a politician, and so were my brothers, so I’ve known about politics since I was a kid,” Yingluck told her first press conference, when her political credentials were questioned.
I am excited for Thailand and wish them the best.
Lizzy Ann Photo courtesy of wikipedia