Yingluck Shinawatra: the last elected leader of Thailand [Profiles in Leadership]


Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (R) greets supporters as she leaves after her trial on criminal charges stemming from her government's rice price subsidy, at the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions in Bangkok, Thailand, 31 August 2015. The first female prime minister of Thailand has already been impeached over the charges and has been banned from politics for five years. She called the decision politically motivated by her opponents. Corruption over the rice subsidy plan was one of the major reasons anti-government protesters used to call for her resignation. Yingluck's government was overthrown in a military coup one year ago after weeks of street protests.

Yingluck Shinawatra: the last elected leader of Thailand [Profiles in Leadership]

Recently, Thailand's Prime Minister by coup spoke at the United Nations General Assembly, after having denied attempts at passing a new constitution were defeated. This unfortunate turn has pushed back the return of democratic elections until at least July 2017 and left many wondering what the motives of Thailand's junta are. The leader of the Junta, Prayuth Chan-Ocha has cracked down on political protest and free speech, creating an authoritarian climate in Thailand. In his speech at the UN, Ch...

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