Asia’s top women keep it in the family — for now

Asia’s top women keep it in the family — for now – AFP, August 3, 2011
Thailand’s first female prime minister will this week join a long list of Asian women leaders whose power stems from family ties, with analysts saying the trend is a mixed blessing for equality.
Political novice Yingluck Shinawatra went from virtual unknown to election victor in a matter of weeks after her brother, fugitive former leader Thaksin, endorsed her Pheu Thai party’s candidacy, assuring voters she was his “clone”.
Her stellar rise, set to be formally completed this week, mirrors stories from across Asia, with a collection of women whose family names — and often the death of a male predecessor — propelled them to power…

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