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article imageThailand elects first female Prime Minister

By Leo Reyes     Aug 5, 2011 in Politics
Thailand's Parliament voted Friday to elect Yingluck Shinawatra as Prime Minister, making her the first woman in the country's history to hold the position.
The 44-year-old Shinawatra is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra who was Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006.
The elder Shinawatra was overthrown in a military coup and went into self-imposed exile after being convicted of abuse of power. The former Prime minister maintains his conviction was politically-motivated.
Yingluck got 296 votes of the legislature's 500-member Parliament. Her political party, the Pheu Thai Party, won in last August's elections by a landslide. The party was originally founded by her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Yingluck will become Thailand's 28th Prime Minister but she will be the country's first woman to be elected as Prime Minister.
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