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 to open today

Bloomberg notes that Thailand’s Parliament is set to open today, with prime minister to-be Yingluck Shinawatra ready to take the helm. Thailand’s Parliament will open today for the first time since Yingluck Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai party won a majority last month, paving the way for lawmakers to select her as the country’s first female prime […]

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 […]

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 […]

Suit filed against Yingluck for alleged help from banned politicians

I wanted to point out this WSJ story from Saturday, which notes that: Critics of incoming Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her allies filed the first major legal case challenging their recent election victory, signaling the start of what could become a protracted effort to destabilize Thailand’s new government. The case, filed Friday by the […]

An unexpected Yingluck-related lede…

…comes from Saturday’s Bangkok Post, which noted: The EC is investigating an allegation that Pheu Thai’s potential candidate for premiership Yingluck Shinawatra violated election law when she cooked fried noodles and distributed it to the voters during a May 31 campaign stop in Nakhon Ratchasima province. But at first glance, it is likely she did […]

More on potential anti-Yingluck demonstrations

Reuters has more on potential anti-Yingluck demonstrations, which the WSJ mentioned earlier: Days after Thailand voted for a new government led by the country’s first woman prime minister, a determined doctor with a knack for rallying crowds is pursuing legal action to bring her down. Tul Sitthisomwong, a die-hard opponent of self-exiled former prime minister […]

Anti-Yingluck demonstrations to begin next week?

Today’s WSJ says: A group of die-hard anti-Thaksin activists is stepping up its campaign for authorities to charge Thailand’s new leader with perjury in a sign that tensions could resurface in one of Southeast Asia’s most volatile nations despite last weekend’s decisive election. And: Dr. Tul said in a telephone interview that his group, the […]