First female prime minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra: A family is like a thick forest, often from outside it’s dense, but when you are inside each tree has its own position

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Yingluck Shinawatra, the younger sister of Thailand’s ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is about to become the first female Prime Minister of Thailand.

Thaksin Shinawatra was convicted of corruption and conflict of interest charges. He fled the country and lives in exile in Dubai. While it is good news for Thailand to see finally a woman lead the country and also gives hope of reconciliation between the Thai people, Yingluck Shinawatra will have enormous challenges.

The animosity between the two main political parties of Thailand is beyond imagination. Both political parties are constantly suspicious of one other. Yingluck Shinawatra’s opponents worry about her dropping all charges against her brother before she is even sworn in.

Yingluck Shinawatra is not Thaksin Shinawatra; like any brothers or sisters, they certainly have differences. She may have a different approach in bringing the Thai people together. There is a reason to hope. As the Akan of Ghana say, “A family is like a thick forest, often from outside it’s dense, but when you are inside each tree has its own position.”

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