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Thailand: Yingluck announces coalition deal; Abhisit resigns

Thailand: Yingluck announces coalition deal; Abhisit resigns

By Mon, Jul 04, 2011 3:59PM UTC Comments Off Thailand: Yingluck announces coalition deal; Abhisit resigns

BANGKOK (AP) — The sister of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced an agreement Monday to form a five-party coalition government after her Pheu Thai Party won a landslide victory in Thailand’s parliamentary elections. Yingluck Shinawatra, whose brother was ousted from the prime minister post by a 2006 military coup, is set to become Thailand’s...

Opinion: Thais take down a ‘dictatorship’

By Mon, Jul 04, 2011 10:31AM UTC 2 Comments Opinion: Thais take down a ‘dictatorship’

OPINION: Sunday’s election is a victory for Red Shirts, but more is needed, writes Asia Sentinel’s Giles Ji Ungpakorn The Thai election results are a slap in the face for the dictatorship. They prove without any doubt that the majority of people have rejected the military, the Democrat Party and the royalist elites. Pheu Thai,...

New York Times: Puea Thai wins in a landslide

By Mon, Jul 04, 2011 10:00AM UTC Comments Off

Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller in the New York Times: In a contest that was seen as a referendum on Thailand’s recent turmoil, the Pheu Thai party, headed by Mr. Thaksin’s youngest sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, 44, appeared headed for an absolute majority of the 500-seat Parliament. With 98 percent of the votes counted late Sunday...

Thaksin’s sister Yingluck cruises to Thai election win

By Sun, Jul 03, 2011 11:00PM UTC Comments Off Yingluck Shinawatra of Pheu Thai party before casting her vote in Sunday's election. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — The sister of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra led Thailand’s main opposition party to a landslide victory in elections Sunday, heralding an extraordinary political turnaround five tumultuous years after her fugitive billionaire brother was toppled in an army coup. The vote paves the way for 44-year-old Yingluck Shinawatra, who has never...

Thai election: PM Abhisit concedes defeat to Thaksin’s sister

By Sun, Jul 03, 2011 9:04PM UTC Comments Off Abhisit Vejjajiva leaves a polling station after casting his ballot in Sunday's election. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has conceded his party lost national elections to the opposition led by the sister of ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra. The apparent election result paves the way for Yingluck Shinawatra to become Thailand’s first female prime minister. Sunday’s election comes five years after her brother was ousted...

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