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DEMOCRACY TRIUMPHS IN THAILAND
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DEMOCRACY TRIUMPHS IN THAILAND
The election of Yingluck Shinawatra through a peaceful and democratic election may usher in a new period of political stability in Thailand.


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YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA TIME LINE

Born: In Chiang Mai, Thailand, 21 June 1967

Education: Obtained a bachelor’s degree from Chiang Mai University in 1988 and a master’s degree from Kentucky State University, both in public administration, in 1991.

Business career: In 1994, she became the general manager of Rainbow Media, a subsidiary of International Broadcasting Corporation. She left as Deputy CEO of IBC in 2002, and became the CEO of Advanced Info Service (AIS), Thailand’s largest mobile phone operator. Ms Yingluck resigned from AIS in 2006, but remained Managing Director of SC Asset Co Ltd.

Politics: After the governing People’s Power party was banned by the Constitutional Court on 2 December 2008, many People’s Power Party MPs formed the Pheu Thai Party. Yingluck was asked to become the leader of the party. However, she refused to accept the position, saying that she did not want to be prime minister and wanted to focus on business.

US diplomatic cables leaked in 2011 revealed that during a 9 September 2009 meeting, former Deputy Prime Minister and “close Thaksin ally” Sompong Amornvivat told Ambassador to Thailand Eric John that he did not envision a big role for Yingluck in the Pheu Thai Party, and that “Thaksin himself was not eager to raise her profile within the party, and was more focused on finding ways to keep his own hand active in politics.” However, in a subsequent cable dated 25 November 2009, the Ambassador noted that in a meeting with Yingluck, she spoke with confidence about the “operations, strategy and goals” of the Pheu Thai party and seemed “far more poised” than in previous meetings.


 

 

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