1. Back in Power

    Thailand Elects First Female PM

    Thailand's new Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, center, give a Thai traditional "wai" greeting at the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, after Thai lawmakers chose U.S.-educated businesswoman Yingluck as the country's first female prime minister. (AP Photo)

    AP Photo

    The Thai parliament elected its first female prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, whose brother Thaksin was toppled and exiled in a military coup in 2006. Shinawatra's party won an absolute majority in Parliament in the July elections, but Thailand remains politically divided between the pro-army establishment and the Red Shirts, who helped vote Yingluck into power and want to punish those responsible for the bloody military crackdown on protesters in Bangkok last year. Thaksin lives in Dubai, where he moved to avoid prison in Thailand, but he remains politically influential.

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