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Thaksin’s sister may run in coming elections

Opposition brainstormers Yingluck
Shinawatra, a younger sister of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, and
former commerce minister Mingkwan Sangsuwan attend a seminar of the
opposition Pheu Thai Party at Bangkok’s Montien Riverside Hotel
yesterday, as opposition MPs discussed the state of the economy.
BANGKOK – With elections looming, the younger sister of exiled former
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra could be following in her
brother’s footsteps, a spokesman for the opposition Puea Thai party
said on Friday.

Ms Yingluck Shinawatra, 43 (picture), however,
has yet to decide on whether she wants to run while her chief rival, Mr
Mingkwan Saengsuwan, is busy canvassing members of Parliament, reported
the Bangkok Post.

“Some Puea Thai members are throwing their
support behind Yingluck as one of the party candidates for (post of)
Prime Minister but we have to consult and vote at the party’s general
meeting,” said Mr Pormpong Nopparit.

Both Mr Mingkwan and Ms
Yingluck are considered inexperienced in politics, although Ms Yingluck
attended meetings of the Puea Thai executive committee and will be able
to draw on the strong support her brother still enjoys in Thailand.

Mr Pormpong said the party will pick their candidate after Parliament
is dissolved by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the
pro-establishment Democrat Party.

The exiled Thaksin, 61, faces jail term for corruption in Thailand.

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