Thai PM-to-be denies being brother`s puppet

Last Updated: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 17:55

Bangkok: Thailand`s prime minister-to-be
insisted on Friday that she will make her own decisions as the
country`s leader, and not act as the puppet of her exiled
brother, ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Yingluck Shinawatra said that 20 years of experience
in the business world has shown she can make her own
decisions, but added that she will consult with the Pheu Thai
Party management team that helped her to victory and the
Cabinet she will appoint.

The opposition Pheu Thai party won 265 of 500
parliamentary seats in a July 3 general election, and has
agreed to form a six-party ruling coalition that will hold 300
seats in total. The outgoing ruling Democrats of Prime
Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva won 159 seats.

Thaksin was ousted by a military coup in 2006 after
being accused of corruption and disrespect to the country`s
monarchy. He is generally credited for engineering the
comeback of his political machine, despite being in exile to
avoid a jail term on a corruption charge.

His remarks during the campaign that his sister was
his "clone" reinforced suspicions that he would be pulling the
strings and perhaps manipulating the new government to give
him an amnesty.

Yingluck, in a news conferences with foreign
journalists, said she couldn`t avoid being Thaksin`s sister,
and would try to benefit from his ideas on how to help
Thailand. But she said she would make decisions for the
country "independently."

"Please give me a chance and I will prove myself for
all of you," she said.

Yingluck said she was comfortable in politics because
her father and siblings have been involved, but decided to
take part only after her brother`s supporters came to ask her
help in trying to bring back his policies. She said she was
moved by what she saw in their "eyes and faces."

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 17:55

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