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Profile: Yingluck Shinawatra

07-04-2011 14:23 BJT

BANGKOK, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The result of the Sunday's general election showed that Thailand's opposition Pheu Thai Party Pheu won a majority of the 500 House of Representative seats and the mandate to form the next government.

Its top party-list candidate Yingluck Shinawatra is set to become the country's first female prime minister.

Yingluck Shinawatra, who was born in northern Chiangmai province of Thailand on June 27, 1967, is the ninth child in a political family. She is also the youngest sister of the ousted ex- premier Thaksin Shinawatra. She is married to businessman Anusorn Amornchat and has a son.

Thaksin was toppled down by the military coup in September 2006 and now lives in self-imposed exile in Dubai to avoid a two-year jail term for corruption.

In May 2011, Yingluck was nominated as the top prime ministerial candidate by the opposition Pheu Thai party -- which still maintains close ties with the fugitive premier -- to contest the July 3 general election.

The 43-year-old businesswoman, with almost no experience of politics, is the country's first female would become the country's first female leader and the third prime minister from Shinawatra family after her brother Thaksin and brother-in-law Somchai Wongsawat if Pheu Thai forms the new government.

She has two degrees in politics -- undergraduate from the northern Chiangmai province, her family's power base and master's degree from Kentucky State University in the United States.

"My father was a politician, and so were my brothers, so I've known about politics since I was a kid," Yingluck said at her first press conference, when her political credentials were questioned.

She had been pursuing a corporate career, formerly as a senior executive at Advanced Info Service (AIS), the telecommunications firm her brother founded, and managing director of SC Asset Company, a family firm involved in property. But after registering for party-list MP, she quitted the post of MD of the property corporation.

The Pheu Thai currently holds 188 seats in the 480-seat House of Representatives, and given the ongoing popularity of Thaksin the party stands a good chance of winning the election.

While connections to her big brother have obviously proved a boon in her business and now budding political career, political observers worry that the Thaksin connection could also work against Yingluck in the long term.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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