03 Jul '11, 2pm

Party of ousted PM's sister wins Thai elections

BANGKOK (AP) — The sister of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra led Thailand's main opposition party to a landslide victory in elections Sunday, heralding an extraordinary political turnaround five tumultuous years after her fugitive billionaire brother was toppled in an army coup. The vote paves the way for 44-year-old Yingluck Shinawatra, who has never held office, to become this Southeast Asian kingdom's first female prime minister. A large mandate to govern could help the new government navigate a way out of the crisis that has plagued Thailand since Thaksin's 2006 overthrow. But the question remains whether the nation's elite power brokers, including the monarchy and the army, would accept the result. Thaksin was barred from politics in 2007 and convicted on graft charges the next year. The U.S.-educated Yingluck, who he has called "my clone," is widely c...

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