Yingluck Shinawatra

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Yingluck Shinawatra

Yingluck Shinawatra (born 21 June 1967), also nicknamed Pou, is a Thai businesswoman, politician and a member of the Pheu Thai Party who became the Prime Minister of Thailand following the 2011 election. She is the first woman in the position and the youngest in over 60 years. She was removed from office on 7 May 2014 by a Constitutional Court decision. She is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, who served as the Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006.


  • I think if you know my background so I think in my family most of the people came from politicians, like my Dad, my sister, my brother, so in terms of understanding politics, I think – I believe I’ve had that since I was young. The only thing is that I never joined politics officially, but I think I understand. And I think right now, the country needs people to manage and to deliver policies to enhance the wealth of the country. So I think at this time the country needs that skill.
  • For the drugs, I think instead of counting how many people to handle it, we have to have a strategy with drugs, how we can make sure we follow it strictly. We will bring in the old paradigm and, as for people who take drugs, we think we have to take care of them and help them and educate them and help them return to normal society. As for people who sell the drugs, I think we have to have to take action and make sure it won’t happen again.
  • We should not overlook the fact that the political events in Thailand in the past few years reflect increased activism on the part of the Thai people, who have become more aware of the importance of politics to their lives and want to make their voices heard. The diversity of views being expressed by different groups shows that Thailand is a vibrant democracy and an open society. However, one cannot deny that political activism in the past few years has also been marred by violent incidents and a lack of compromise. While this is truly regrettable, it is perhaps part of the process of learning how to become a more mature democracy which Thailand has to go through. I am sure that democracy in Thailand will emerge stronger after this experience.
  • For a government to run the country without going through a democratic electoral process is a major issue that affects the country’s image and international confidence. If the proposal were to be carried out, the Thai people must be consulted on whether it is truly the wish of the majority of the country. Calling a referendum is a method that is legally provided for under the Constitution.
  • Every religion has basic principles that is designed to uplift people's mind and teaches good morals and ethics, the tools which lead to a harmonious society where people do not encroach, but help one another.
  • The resumption of peace means all sides must grant forgiveness – without bias or emotion – and be open-minded to allow the airing of dissenting opinions. I understand this is difficult to do, but we have to put the greater good before personal interest.