Monday, July 4, 2011
Yingluck will need more than just luck...
Thaksin Shinawatra told his "clone" Yingluck Shinawatra, on the verge of becoming the first female prime minister of Thailand, during their television meet-up last night: "You are going to have to work very hard from now on."
There is no doubt about that statement. The problem is that most people will still think that Thaksin will be the "real premier" while Yingluck takes over the role as prime minister -- unless she can prove with action that she can be her real self.
Thaksin was all over the Thai media in his phone-in from Dubai on Election Night answering all the questions that a would-be premier would be fielding while Yingluck was extra cautious in her public statements.
Thaksin admitted that it wouldn't be easy for him to come home soon. "If my return is a problem, I would stay away," he said. But then, he didn't rule it all out. Yingluck has said her government wouldn't be discussing an amnesty bill any time soon.
Yes, as Thaksin said,it will be "lots of hard work" for his sister. However you look at it, though, Yingluck is still a striking political phenomenon: She was named as No 1 on Pheu Thai's party list only six weeks ago. She had no real political experience before then. She will become the first female prime minister of Thailand. She will probably be the youngest prime minister in the world!