Thaksin Sister Set to Become New Thailand PM

Thailand’s political landscape is expected to drastically change after a party led by ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, won a majority of parliament seats on Sunday’s general elections.

The Pheu Thai party won 264 seats of the country’s 500-seat parliament, allowing Yingluck Shinawatra to assume the position of prime minister and ending the rule of the Democrat Party of outgoing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The elections’ result is expected to ease tensions in the country, which has experienced constant political turmoil since Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted by a military backed coup in 2006.

Leaders of the military junta that took over the country after Thaksin’s ouster said they will respect the result of the elections, raising the prospects of a smooth transition from the current administration to Yingluck’s new government. The 44-year-old businesswoman said that she will forge alliances with four other smaller parties to form a government. Yingluck’s government is expected to control at least 299 of parliament seats once the alliances are finalized. Once officially chosen by her peers as the new government leader, Yingluck will become the first female prime minister in the country’s history.