03 Jun '11, 4pm

Yingluck upbeat she can be Thailand's first woman PM

Yingluck upbeat she can be Thailand's first woman PM

BANGKOK: Thailand's top opposition candidate Yingluck Shinawatra says she is confident Thais are ready for the country's first female prime minister. The Puea Thai Party candidate, who has a slight lead in opinion polls ahead of the July 3 parliamentary election, told Anasuya Sanyal in an exclusive interview with Channel NewsAsia that she wants to lead Thailand towards reconciliation. Ms Yingluck, 43, said a woman prime minister can contribute to Thailand in unique ways. Critics have said that her older brother, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, will be ruling from behind the scenes if she is elected. But Ms Yingluck, a businesswoman, maintained that her background in a well-known political family and decades of experience in business would help her guide the country. She said that by abiding by the rule of law and invoking the same standards for everyone,...

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