Yingluck Shinawatra

Yingluck Shinawatra

(yēng`lŭk` shĭ`näwät) 1967–, Thai business executive and political leader, first female prime minister of Thailand (2011–14), grad. Chiang Mai Univ. (B.A., 1988), Kentucky State Univ. (M.P.A., 1991). The youngest sister of Thaksin SinawatraThaksin Shinawatra
, 1949–, Thai business executive and political leader, b. Chiang Mai. Born into a wealthy merchant family, he went into the Thai police service in 1973 and continued his criminal-justice education in the United States.
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 and a member of one of Thailand's wealthiest families, she worked as an executive in several family companies. By 2009, however, she was regarded as a possible political successor to the exiled Thaksin, and in May, 2011, with Thaksin's support she became the lead candidate of the Phuea Thai party (For Thais party; PTP), a regrouping of pro-Thaksin politicians. Although a political novice, she proved an adept campaigner, and when the PTP won a majority in 2011, Yingluck became prime minister of a multiparty coalition government. In 2013 she became minister of defense as well. She was forced to resign as prime minister in 2014 after the constitutional court ruled her government was guilty of abuse of power in its 2011 transfer of the national security chief, and the military subsequently took power in a coup. Despite having been removed from office, she was impeached (2015) and banned from office for five years on charges relating to corruption in a subsidy program for rice farmers and then charged with and later tried for criminal negligence with respect to the program.
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Earlier this year, the ruling military junta banned former PM Yingluck Shinawatra from the political stage for five years.
Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has pleaded not guilty in a brief hearing at the start of her trial on charges of negligence, reports BBC.
The turmoil started in November, 2013, when the then prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra sought to pass a legislation to grant amnesty to her brother and ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra whose government to overthrown in another military coup on September 19, 2006.
Bangkok: Thailand's military government has denied former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra permission to travel overseas to ensure she is in the country to face criminal charges later this month, a government spokesman said on Sunday, The military toppled the remnants of Yingluck's government in a coup last May, ending months of demonstrations on the streets of Bangkok that had paralysed her administration.
BANGKOK (CyHAN)- Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday kicked off impeachment proceedings against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra concerning a rice-pledging scheme, with Yingluck denying all charges in her opening statement.
BANGKOK Mon Aug 11, 2014(Reuters) - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has returned home from a trip overseas, putting an end to speculation she would stay away from Thailand as prosecutors decide whether to indict her for mismanaging a state rice-buying scheme.
BANGKOK (TAP) - Thailand's military rulers have given permission to ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to travel to Europe for the first time since the coup.
The order affects 350 million baht water management scheme ordered by the Yingluck Shinawatra government that has been criticized for being poorly planned.
Ditsayabut's comments struck at the heart of Thailand's long-running political crisis, expressing the attitude of the country's educated elite and royalists toward the government of then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Set stressed that the move had nothing to do with relations between Thailand and the UK but declined to comment on whether the summoning of the ambassador to Bangkok was related to his close ties to fugitive ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, former PM Yingluck Shinawatra or not, NSNBC reported.
On 7th may 2014 prime minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra was overthrown after the Constitutional Court in its verdict stated that she had unlawfully replaced the National Security Council Chief in 2011.
The junta, which is already holding most of the government it ousted in a coup Thursday in secret locations against their will, said it would keep former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and others in custody for up to a week to give them "time to think" and keep the country calm.