19 Jul '11, 10am

Thai election body clears Yingluck as lawmaker

Thai election body clears Yingluck as lawmaker

Thailand's Election Commission endorsed Yingluck Shinawatra as a member of parliament after the July 3 election, a commissioner said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BANGKOK - THAILAND'S election watchdog endorsed Yingluck Shinawatra as a parliamentarian on Tuesday, clearing the way for her to become the country's first female prime minister following a July 3 landslide by her opposition party. The Election Commission gave the all-clear for the sister of self-exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to take a parliamentary seat, dismissing a series of complaints that she had committed electoral violations. The decision will ease concerns about near-term political instability after veiled threats by some of her supporters that they would protest against any decision to disqualify Ms Yingluck, whose Puea Thai Party won 265 of the 500 seats in parliament. The commission a...

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