26 May '11, 5am

Sister of fugitive deposed Thai prime minister (and Red Shirt populist hero) shoots to top of polls:

Sister of fugitive deposed Thai prime minister (and Red Shirt populist hero) shoots to top of polls:

Yingluck Shinawatra gestures to her supporters during an election campaign in Udon Thani province, east of Bangkok. -- PHOTO: REUTERS UDON THANI (Thailand) - WITH her telegenic good looks and powerful political support, Yingluck Shinawatra is shaking up Thailand's first parliamentary election since a wave of political violence last year. The 43-year-old businesswoman, sister of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has vaulted swiftly into front runner status in the July 3 vote, tapping support in the rural north and northeast heartland where her brother remains a populist hero five years after he was toppled in a coup. After a week of campaigning, she has surprised sceptics and demonstrated she has Thaksin's star power as she seeks to become Thailand's first female elected leader. A political neophyte, she is seen widely as a stand-in for her brother, a 60-ye...

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