Thailand elects first female PM Yingluck Shinawatra
The Thai parliament has elected Yingluck Shinawatra as the country's first female prime minister.
The leader of the Pheu Thai party says her priority is national reconciliation.
Her party and its coalition partners now command a huge majority in the lower house.
After the televised vote in parliament, King Bhumibol Adulyadej must endorse her in a ceremony expected within days.
Rachel Harvey reports.
05 Aug 2011
- From the section Asia-Pacific