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Amid a country of divisions, Thailand has elected its first female Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatr. In an interview with CNN, she discusses the misconceptions over the strength of her authority and her ambitions for the country.
In 2011, and about ten weeks into her political career, she won a landslide victory to lead a country of 67 million people. Just months into her political career, she was criticized for her handling of Thailand’s worst flooding crisis in more than 50 years. Two years on, Yingluck Shinawatra says she has been making decisions based on her own experience and wants to be judged by her achievements.
Yingluck Shinawatra is the youngest sister of the charismatic and deeply polarizing former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who led the country for five years before the military removed him from power in 2006. Even though Thaksin remains in exile, critics say he is still ruling through his sister. Yingluck concedes she has a close relationship with her brother, but insists she has always been independent, even though her brother at one point called her his “clone.”
Despite criticisms, she has raised the country’s minimum wage, helped pass a massive loan bill to overhaul Thailand’s transportation infrastructure, and also become the country’s first female defense minister — a position she says she is uniquely qualified to handle because she is a woman. “Males and females can do this role,” she says. “But females will be more concerned about the morale and the support, and building teamwork.”
For a full CNN interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNX2aO60yV4