Yingluck, the army, and a “grand bargain”?

The Wall Street Journal points out that: With Ms. Yingluck leading opinion polls, analysts said the key question is whether Thailand’s conservative armed forces will accept an outcome that places the youngest sister of exiled populist billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra—a former prime minister whom the army ousted in a coup five years ago—in Thailand’s top job. […]

Economist on Thailand elections

An Economist story that ran yesterday says things are looking good for Puea Thai, but that it’s still unclear who will actually form the next government: With little more than a week to go before polling day on July 3rd, it is clear that the opposition Pheu Thai (PT) party will win more seats than […]

AP story on Yingluck

The AP says in a story today that “in the space of just a few weeks,” Yingluck “has catapulted to near rock star status on Thailand’s political stage, becoming the opposition’s main contender in the vote.” The piece includes this snippet from the campaign trail in northeastern Thailand: Holding the election was a key demand […]

Economist on Yingluck’s campaign

The Economist‘s Banyan columnist says that Yingluck is charming, her campaign is well-executed, and that the Democrats are in trouble: In sum, the naturalness and easy manner that Thais appreciate in Ms Yingluck is authentic—but the fact that it comes over so well is the result of a lot of sweat and forethought. I have […]

NYT story on Yingluck in Nakhon Phanom

The NYT has a story about Yingluck Shinawatra from the campaign trail in Nakhon Phanom, northeastern Thailand. The lede says: Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a coup more than four years ago, is back at the center of Thai politics in the guise of the person he calls his clone: his […]

Four Reuters stories on Thai politics

Reuters ran four stories about Thai politics yesterday. One calls Yingluck Shinawatra “populist but pro-business” and provides a summary of her potential business policies: Private-sector reforms, corporate tax cuts, wage increases and a big boost in domestic consumption could be on the cards for Thailand if Yingluck Shinawatra becomes the country’s first female prime minister […]

WSJ: “Thaksin’s Sister Pulls Ahead in Thai Polls”

Today’s WSJ notes that: Fugitive billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra’s bold move to name his youngest sister as a candidate for prime minister appears to be changing the complexion of Thailand’s coming elections–and might provide the controversial politician a ticket home after nearly three years in exile. Initial opinion polls suggest Yingluck Shinawatra is now leading the […]

Reuters on Yingluck Shinawatra and potential perjury charges

A Reuters story from yesterday says talk of potential perjury charges against Yingluck Shinawatra “deepens uncertainty” over the July 3 election: Just days after Yingluck Shinawatra was chosen to lead Thailand’s opposition party in coming elections, she could be headed for a legal standoff over a case at the heart of a coup that toppled […]

BKK Post and Nation: Thaksin’s younger sister as potential PM candidate

Today’s Bangkok Post and Nation are running stories about former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s younger sister, Yingluck, as the potential top Puea Thai party candidate in elections expected to take place in June or July. Bangkok Post: Thaksin pushes Yingluck for PM Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to be named the Puea Thai Party’s No.1 party-list […]