03 Jul '11, 4pm

Yingluck set to be first female Thai PM

BANGKOK: Yingluck Shinawatra, who is set to be Thailand's first female prime minister, is a political novice whose biggest asset is also her most controversial - her family name. She is widely seen as a stand-in for her older brother, the fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra who lives in exile after being ousted in a 2006 coup and describes Yingluck as his "clone". With nearly all the votes counted, their opposition Puea Thai party had won a clear majority with 263 seats out of 500, well ahead of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's ruling Democrats with 161. The photogenic 44-year-old businesswoman has run a polished campaign, defying sceptics who said the initial excitement over her nomination as the main opposition candidate for prime minister would soon fizzle out. A smiling Yingluck arrived at Puea Thai headquarters after Sunday's vote, clad in bright purple, to be mo...

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