Yingluck Shinawatra

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Yingluck Shinawatra
ยิ่งลักษณ์ ชินวัตร
28th Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
5 August 2011 – 7 May 2014
MonarchBhumibol Adulyadej
DeputyNiwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan
Surapong Tovichakchaikul
Preceded byAbhisit Vejjajiva
Succeeded byNiwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan (Acting)
Minister of Defence
In office
30 June 2013 – 7 May 2014
DeputyYuthasak Sasiprapha
Preceded bySukampol Suwannathat
Succeeded byPrawit Wongsuwan
Personal details
Born (1967-06-21) 21 June 1967 (age 56)
San Kamphaeng District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
NationalityThai (until 2017)
Stateless (2017-present) (fled to Dubai) (seeking asylum in UK)
Political partyPheu Thai Party
Spouse(s)Anusorn Amornchat (m. 1995)
Children1 son
ResidenceBangkok (until 2017)
Dubai (fled to) (2017-present)
United Kingdom (seeking asylum) (2017-present)
Alma materChiang Mai University
Kentucky State University

Yingluck Shinawatra (Thai: ยิ่งลักษณ์ ชินวัตร, RTGS: Yinglak Chinnawat, pronounced [jîŋ.lák tɕʰīn.nā.wát]; born 21 June 1967), nicknamed Pu (Thai: ปู, pronounced [pūː], meaning "crab"),[1] is a Thai businesswoman and politician.

Shinawatra is a member of the Pheu Thai Party who became the 28th Prime Minister of Thailand following the 2011 general election. Yingluck was Thailand's first female Prime Minister and its youngest in over 60 years. Also, she holds the distinction as the world's first female of Chinese descent to have had led the government of a UN member state.

Shinawatra was removed from office on 7 May 2014 by a Constitutional Court decision that found her guilty on a charge of abuse of power.[2][3]

On 2 September 2017, media said that "A search team has been set up to locate her and bring her before the Supreme Court, which issued a warrant for her arrest, to hear its ruling on Sept 27. The ex-premier faces a possible 10-year jail term if convicted of criminal negligence related to her government’s rice-pledging scheme".[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 'ปู'ปัดบินฮ่องกงพบพี่ชาย ไม่รู้'สมศักดิ์'อยากร่วมรบ. [""Pu" denied flying to Hong Kong to see her brother, not knowing "Somsak"'s joining coaliation"]. Thairath (in Thai). Bangkok. 8 July 2011. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  2. "Yingluck, Pheu Thai win in a landslide". Bangkok Post. 3 July 2011.
  3. CNN, Talking politics with Thailand's PM, 18 December 2008
  4. "Cops close in on Yingluck 'getaway car'". Bangkok Post.