It’s official: Yingluck is prime minister

Just noting briefly, for the record, that it’s now official. As the AP reports: Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of an ousted Thai leader, vowed Monday to work for national reconciliation as she formally became the country’s first female prime minister. King Bhumibol Adulyadej certified her appointment as the country’s 28th prime minister with a royal […]

Yingluck elected Thailand’s prime minister: quick news round-up

As I noted in the update to my previous post, presumed Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is now Prime Minister Elect Yingluck Shinawatra. The New York Times reports: Thailand’s Parliament elected Yingluck Shinawatra the country’s first female prime minister on Friday, a month after her party won a landslide victory over a coalition backed by […]

Yingluck set to become Thailand’s first female prime minister today

Yingluck Shinawatra is set to become Thailand’s first female prime minister when parliament votes today following the July 3 election. Suranand Vejjajiva has a Bangkok Post op-ed describing the challenges she faces: First, Ms Yingluck will have to prove to the general public that without any extended assistance from her brother Thaksin, she can sit […]

Thai Parliament: It’s all systems go

A follow up on my post yesterday about the Election Commission deadline: It’s all systems go, with Parliament set to open Monday. The AP, via the WSJ, says: Thailand’s Election Commission has certified enough winners of this month’s election for the new Parliament to convene Monday as scheduled. Today’s Bangkok Post has more details: The […]

Thailand: EC deadline for certifying candidates is Aug. 1

Reuters reports today that: Thailand’s election authority was racing on Wednesday to endorse dozens of winning candidates from the July 3 general election to pave the way for a new parliament to convene and select a prime minister, tentatively expected in early August. So far, 402 of the 500 winners have been approved by the […]

WSJ on Yingluck’s EC endorsement: more MPs needed for parliament to convene

The WSJ says today that: Thailand’s official vote monitor confirmed this month’s election of Yingluck Shinawatra, but more approvals will be required before her party can assume power and she can take office as the nation’s first female prime minister. The Election Commission… …hasn’t yet confirmed some other parliamentarians, leaving legal obstacles that could mean […]

It’s official: Election Commission endorses Yingluck

A brief item this afternoon from the official MCOT new agency says it’s official: Election Commission endorses second batch of 12 MPs-elect including Abhisit, Yingluck, Suthep; Red Shirt winners remain suspended The Bangkok Post has more.

More on the EC delay

More on the Election Commission delay I mentioned yesterday: The New York Times notes: Efforts to form a new government in Thailand are being snarled by a docket of legal challenges and what critics say are the slow workings of the country’s Election Commission. The messy aftermath of the July 3 election, which was won […]

Yingluck and others yet to be endorsed by Thailand’s Election Commission

While it’s unclear whether the news constitutes a “bombshell,” as the Nation headline says, here are some details. Today’s Bangkok Post tells us that: Yingluck Shinawatra, Abhisit Vejjajiva and a number of red-shirt politicians were missing from the 358 MPs endorsed by the Election Commission yesterday. They failed to receive confirmation of their election victories […]

My new GlobalPost story: What comes next for Thailand?

You can read it here.