22 Jun '11, 11am

Girl power in Thai polls: CHIANG MAI: Thailand's fractious politics have largely been an all-male affair, but wi...

Girl power in Thai polls: CHIANG MAI: Thailand's fractious politics have largely been an all-male affair, but wi...

CHIANG MAI: Thailand's fractious politics have largely been an all-male affair, but with more women contesting seats in the kingdom's July 3 election, Thais are facing the prospect of a female prime minister for the first time in their history. One of the female candidates is Pheu Thai party's Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra. Another female runner is Wipawan Woraputthipong, a Democrat MP candidate. "We (the Democrats) are looking to clarify [what happened last year]," Ms Wipawan said. A military crackdown last year on the "red shirts" at a rally in Bangkok's Ratchaprasong intersection had left 91 people dead. "On June 23, I am confident that the prime minister will tell the truth, so that people understand. Once they understand [what happened], differences will ease," she said. But it is unlikely Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will co...

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