Profile: Yingluck Shinawatra

English.news.cn   2011-07-04 14:16:47 FeedbackPrintRSS

As one of campaign policies, she proposed, for the sake of reconciliation, the general amnesty which her party claimed would reach out to all political colors and disregarded everything that has taken place since the coup in 2006.

The proposal has certainly attracted critics from the main opponent, the Democrats, which said this law was designed for whitewashing Thaksin. At its core, the amnesty law aims to clear Thaksin of any wrongdoing, overturn the prison sentence and pave the way for his return, the caretaker PM Abhisit Vejjajiva said.

Thaksin was ousted by the military coup on September 19, 2006 on charges of corruption and undermining democratic institutions. In February 2010, Thai Supreme Court convicted him in absentia for profiteering from his time in office, and confiscated 46 billion baht (1.5 billion U.S. dollars) in family assets.

As to her policies, she has promised to give free Tablets PCs to about one million new school children and to raise the minimum wage. She has also struck a conciliatory tone, vowing that there will be no revenge for the coup against her elder brother. She said that she wanted to use her quality to achieve national reconciliation.

The balloting on Sunday was held to decide Thailand's first general election since 2007. With about 47 million eligible voters in Thailand, many hope the election will bring an end to years of unrest between two political factions that climaxed last year with protests that turned deadly.

Tensions between the Democratic Party and the Pheu Thai party, reflected the deep division within the Thai society. More than 90 people were killed and many more others were injured in a confrontation between the military and the pro-Thakin "Red Shirt" protesters last year.

After the riots, the Thai government pledged to work toward a process of national reconciliation to heal class and political divisions, though the divide between the two groups remains wide.

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Editor: Chen Zhi
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