29 Jan '11, 2pm

@AsiaTodayNews Veteran politician backs Thaksin's sister for PM's post: THAILAND - OUTSPOKEN veter... - #Asia #News

THAILAND - OUTSPOKEN veteran politician Chalerm Yoobamrung is openly pushing former PM Thaksin Shinawatra's sister to become Thailand's first female prime minister, a source from the opposition Pheu Thai Party said. 'Only Yingluck Shinawatra can compete with Abihisit Vejjajeva,' the source quoted Mr Chalerm as saying. Ms Yingluck, 43, is Mr Thaksin's youngest sister and she makes it a point to attend every Pheu Thai meeting. The source said Mr Thaksin's other sister, Yaowapa Wongsawat, met Mr Chalerm on Thursday to discuss who would run under the party's banner in the next election. Earlier, it was reported that many Pheu Thai MPs wanted Ms Yingluck to hold the reigns as party leader instead of the incumbent leader Yongyut Wichaidit. However, Mr Chalerm believes that Ms Yingluck should be the first candidate for party-list MPs and Mr Yongyuth should continue as party leade...

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