Thailand's Election Commission on Tuesday certified the victory of Yingluck Shinawatra, clearing a major hurdle for her to become the country's first female prime minister.
Election officials began investigating would-be Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's campaign Wednesday, a move that may slow Thailand's transition to a new government and risks more political unrest if she is disqualified.
Thailand's election winner moved quickly Monday to shore up her party's already-resounding victory, forming a ruling coalition with four smaller parties and vowing to pursue national reconciliation after five years of instability and political violence over the military coup that ousted her brother.
The sister of exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra led Thailand's main opposition party to a landslide victory in elections Sunday, heralding an extraordinary political turnaround five tumultuous years after her fugitive billionaire brother was toppled in an army coup.
The sister of a disgraced former prime minister toppled in a military coup five years ago was heading toward a landslide victory to replace her brother Sunday, but her supporters already were expressing concerns that the "ruling elite" was trying to steal the election.
Thailand's embattled prime minister lashed out against his opponents Thursday, three days ahead of a key election, accusing them of talking of reconciliation as a "cloak" to bring back his archrival.
The sister of Thailand's disgraced former prime minister has set her sights on becoming its first female prime minister - and then initiating tribunals for the military's deadly crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators last year.
One year after troops crushed a nine-week insurrection, the Thai government and pro-democracy activists remain polarized, with each demanding prison sentences for the other's leaders while preparing for a nationwide election.