03 Jan '12, 1am

Yingluck aces the balancing test - so far - TODAYonline

It has been five months since Ms Yingluck Shinawatra, leader of the Pheu Thai party, won a landslide election in July. She became the first female Prime Minister of Thailand. Since then, her government has encountered a number of difficult issues, from the devastating floods and the controversial amnesty for her brother Thaksin, to the increasing number of cases of lese majeste. All eyes are on how Ms Yingluck will survive in a dangerously polarised political climate. The key to her government's survival is to build a working relationship with the military and the palace, the two main institutions that have been influencing Thai politics for decades. And Ms Yingluck began to forge friendly ties with them soon after assuming the premiership. Back in August, Ms Yingluck handpicked General Yuthasak Sasiprapha as her Minister of Defence, saying he was the right man for the job...

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