08 Aug '11, 1pm

New Thai PM receives royal endorsement

New Thai PM receives royal endorsement

Thailand's king endorsed Yingluck Shinawatra (above) as the new premier Monday, an official said, allowing the sister of fugitive ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra to take the helm of the troubled nation. -- PHOTO: AP BANGKOK (AFP) - THAILAND'S king endorsed Ms Yingluck Shinawatra as the new premier on Monday, an official said, allowing the sister of fugitive ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra to take the helm of the troubled nation. Ms Yingluck, a 44-year-old political novice, was elected as Thailand's first ever female prime minister in a parliamentary vote on Friday but had to complete formalities including official approval by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 'His Majesty the King has given his endorsement,' House Speaker Somsak Kietsuranont said after receiving an audience with the 83-year-old monarch, who has been in hospital since September 2009. Ms Yingluck swept to an election victo...

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