Thai Prime Minister Facing Leadership Questions Old and New – New York Times, December 11, 2013
… Ms. Yingluck has repeatedly deflected specific questions about how often she consults with her brother and how much influence he has on her. But members of her party, Pheu Thai, said in interviews this year that they stayed in regular contact with him and that he conceived the party’s main policies.
Friends of the Shinawatra family in northern Thailand point out that Ms. Yingluck treated Mr. Thaksin and her other much older siblings like uncles and aunts, partly because their mother died when Ms. Yingluck was only 18. In the context of a Thailand’s hierarchical traditions, the nearly 18-year age difference between Ms. Yingluck and Mr. Thaksin provides him a level of respect and seniority, family friends say…
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