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Yingluck: It's a victory for Thai people

07-04-2011 18:33 BJT Special Report:Yingluck to become Thailand’s 1st female PM |

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Thailand's opposition Puea Thai Party has won a landslide victory in the country's general election. Outgoing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has already conceded victory to his rival, opposition leader Yingluck Shinawatra.

The victory has paved the way for Yingluck to become Thailand's first female Prime Minister, and the fifth to hold the post since her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra.

She stated that it is a victory for the Thai people rather than herself.

Yingluck Shinnawatra, prime minister candidate from the Phue Thai party and the
youngest sister of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin, celebrates victory with her
supporters with big thanks at Pheu Thai Party, Bangkok, Thailand, on July 3, 2011.
(Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai Prime Minister-Elect said "Today I don't like to say that Puea Thai has won, but the people have given the Puea Thai and myself a chance to serve them. There is still a lot of work to be done in the future."

The Prime Minister-elect also announced that she will form a five-party coalition that would control 60 percent of the parliament.

But waking to the victory by the Puea Thai Party, some Bangkok residents expressed mixed reactions about the election of their first female Prime Minister.

Athapol Mochong, Bangkok resident said "In my opinion, I think it's a first step towards real democracy, because in the past, we haven't had a real democracy for the people, this is just a start."

Suchanya Tengnoi, Bangkok resident said "She doesn't have experience in politics, so I'm not sure if she is good or not."

A day after his loss, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that he would step down as leader of his Democratic Party.

Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai Prime Minister said "As I am the leader who led the Democratic Party in this election, and as I am leader of a well organized party, I have to take responsibility. So, I have today decided to resign from the party leadership."

However, there are still fears of further turbulence along with the result, and how the influential military might react. But the Thai military on Monday accepted the result and said it would not intervene or stop Yingluck from forming a government.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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