Sister Act – Time, September 12, 2011
…Asians have elected many female leaders, but every one, from Indira Gandhi to Corazon Aquino, has been related to a famous man. There’s no question that Yingluck, who spent her career helming her family’s telecoms and real estate businesses, is now Prime Minister because of her big brother. Some of her Pheu Thai party’s campaign posters spelled it out: “Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai does.” Thaksin has said that his kid sister, the youngest of nine siblings, is his “clone.” Says Ukrist Pathmanand, a political-science professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok: “She is a pure puppet for Thaksin.”
Yingluck retorts that Thaksin will not be making government decisions, even though she admits that she regularly speaks to her “beloved brother.” She bristles when asked about her lack of political experience, saying that with a family like hers — her father, brother, sister and brother-in-law were all involved in politics — she practically grew up on the campaign trail…
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- While keeping a votive tablet in the mouth
- Profiting from being military
- We will straighten this out
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- The chicken farmer and the monkey