Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s first female Prime Minister

At the beginning of the month, on August 5th 2011, Yingluck Shinawatra was elected Prime Minister of Thailand, Thailand’s first female Prime Minister. She is the youngest sister of Thailand’s fugitive former Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (After five years in power from 2001 to 2006, he was ousted in a military coup in September 2006, accused of corruption and abuse of power. He decided therefore to go into self-imposed exile in order to avoid a jail sentence in Thailand. Since 2006, he has mostly been in Dubaï). Many people say that Yinglyuck is the clone of her brother and are thinking that perhaps she is manipulating her government to give her brother amnesty and will allow him to come back to Thailand without going to prison. Is she, as is the opinion of some people, a pretty doll governing in the shade of her exiled brother or a leader at the service of her country? Further, the organisations for the defense of women’s rights in Thailand have talked about their fears regarding Yingluck. Indeed, is she the reflection  of the progress of womankind and equality of genders or is she rather a puppet manipulated by a man? It clearly appears that Yingluck Shinawatra will have to distance herself from her brother if she wants to be considered and respected. (source)

The real question of Women around the World is finally: shall we [women] vote for a female candidate because she is a woman or rather for a candidate with whom we share ideas.

Have a look at this documentary video about Yingluck Shinawatra broadcast on BBC World News:



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