Strange image of Yingluck on front page of today’s Nation

File under: Yet another post about interesting Bangkok English language newspaper occurrences: The front page of today’s Nation newspaper features this strange image of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. It’s unclear to me if it’s a photoshopped image or an illustration. The image accompanies what seems to be this story, which begins: The Cabinet yesterday […]

TIME on Yingluck, women in politics, Thaksin, and the road ahead

TIME has a story on Yingluck, women in politics, Thaksin, and more: She delivers the line with a breathy purr: “The microwave is my lover.” Thailand may be famous for its incendiary curries and the tireless women who prepare them, but Yingluck Shinawatra is used to quick results — and not just in the kitchen. […]

TIME: “How Thaksin Stole Yingluck’s Spotlight”

TIME reports on Thaksin’s visit to Japan and Yingluck’s new government: Is Thaksin Shinawatra a criminal or a VIP? The question must have vexed the Japanese officials who considered a request by the former Thai Prime Minister to start a six-day tour of their country this week. Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 military coup, […]

Bloomberg: Thaksin gets Japan visa

Bloomberg reports: Japan said today it had granted an entry visa to exiled former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup, 10 days after parliament selected his sister as the country’s first female prime minister. Thaksin was granted a visa by Japan at the request of the Thai government, Japan’s Chief […]

Nation graphic of Yingluck’s Cabinet

Today’s Nation has a graphic of Prime Minister Yingluck’s Cabinet. Here’s the original (larger) image and the accompanying story, which notes: Prime Minister Yingluck Shina-watra’s Cabinet line-up, which got royal endorsement last night, has been described by political observers as acceptable. It appears that the ruling Pheu Thai Party has tried to please critics while […]

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 […]

Pavin Chachavalpongpun on Yingluck’s challenges

Pavin Chachavalpongpun assesses, in today’s WSJ, some of the challenges facing Thai Prime Minister Elect Yingluck Shinawatra: Public attention is now on Ms. Yingluck’s vision for the country: Whom will she appoint to the cabinet and what policies will she implement? She is expected to reveal her ministers shortly. She has remained tight-lipped over her […]

Political happenings in Thailand this week: Yingluck’s royal command and cabinet formation

The official MCOT news agency reports that Prime Minister Elect Yingluck Shinawatra is set to receive a “royal command” later today: House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranond was called on by the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary to be granted an audience on His Majesty the King’s behalf in order to hand down a royal […]