2011: A Year of Firsts Remembered

- 2011-12-27T21:23:41Z

Photography by Rachen Sageamsak/Xinhua Press/Corbis

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Madame Prime Minister

This past summer Thailand elected its first female leader to office. Yingluck Shinawatra, 44, has little political experience, other than being the younger sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The association has served her well despite the fact that her brother was accused of corruption, ousted by a military coup and forced to leave the country in 2006. Thai citizens are watching how she navigates the political fallout from her brother. But they are as interested in whether the new prime minister keeps the populist campaign promises that helped land her in office -- namely, raising the minimum wage and boosting rice export prices.