Friday, August 5, 2011

Yingluck is voted Thailand's 28th PM 296:197

So it has come to pass. Yingluck Shinawatra, 44, today was voted as Thailand's 28th prime minister, becoming the country's first female premier. The House voted 296 against 197 abstentions and 3 against just before noon.

The real test has now begun for Thaksin's youngest sister who was named to Pheu Thai Party's party list only 49 days before the July 3 election in which she led the party to an overwhelming victory. She is expected to name her Cabinet as early as next week, thereby commencing a process that will put her under close scrutiny on whether she is really in command of the government and how she will manage her releations with her brother who is the de factor "owner" of the party.

We wish her luck.

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