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Yingluck Becomes Thai PM-elect

BANGKOK, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Yingluck Shinawatra became Thailand’s prime minister-elect Friday following a vote in Parliament, officials said.

Yingluck, the first woman to become prime minister in the country, received 296 votes, enough to take the position, a month after her Pheu Thai party won in national elections, the Bangkok Post reported.

She is Thailand’s 28th prime minister.

Nearly 200 members of Parliament abstained from voting.

Yingluck is the youngest sister of the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, who is a fugitive. He was accused of corruption and sentenced to a prison term in abstentia.

The opposition party didn’t put forward a candidate.

Thailand’s king must approve results of the election. Until then, Yingluck will be prime minister-elect.

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