Thailand’s figurehead Prime Minister

Yingluck – the PM who’s always missing – The Nation, September 2, 2013
…Former deputy national police chief Vasit Dejkunchorn, who initiated the anti-government Thai Spring group, recently questioned Yingluck’s trip to the provinces while the amnesty bill was going through its first reading in the House.
On August 7-8, the House was debating the bill proposed by Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema and the premier was on a train to Nakhon Pathom, where she chaired a meeting on a railway development plan. She then travelled to Nong Pho Dairy Cooperative in Ratchaburi and observed wild elephants at the National Park in Prachuab Khiri Khan.
In his article, Vasit said that as Yingluck did not have the experience or the debating skills to counter arguments raised by opposition MPs, her older brother preferred that if she kept herself busy with other activities on the day.
The current 24th House of Representatives has had five regular sessions and one extraordinary session so far. Though Yingluck tried to attend House meetings early in her term, she started skipping them soon after.
She has also only answered three queries – one put forward by a government MP and two others by Democrats. …

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