Thailand Election Results 2011

July 4, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

Congratulations! To Thailand citizens and the first female Prime Minister elect Yingluck Shinawatra of Pheu Thai Party.

Thailand faced many challenges in 2010 with the outgoing government under the leadership of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva representing the Democrat Party.

The government’s violent crackdown against pro-Democracy supporters (United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship) of the exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resulted in civilian casualties prompting public demand for the then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjijiva’s resignation.

The people’s request for political reform was slighted and the national election stalled until July 3, 2011.

Election outcome on July 4, 2011 reveals Thai electorate rejection of the military backed government run as constitutional monarchy believed to benefit the elitists at the vast majority’s plight.

The newly elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has the electoral mandate having secured a landslide victory to strengthen democracy preventing any form of intervention either through military coup as often seen in Thai politics or re-emergence of the monarchy.

People power evidently delivered the desirable political change.

The national unity message from the incoming Prime Minister serves as the beginning to end political turmoil encouraging foreign investor confidence and accelerate economic growth.

The political dissidents’ sacrifice in 2010 proved to be  not in vain and Thailand could be a model for nations seeking meaningful democratic system.

Thailand peaceful protesters call for transformation initiated through ballots confirms the people holding key to power.

Nonetheless there are many tasks ahead for the elected government in addressing economic disparity and social issues.

The new government’s initial pledge to raise minimum wages to US $10 is a positive step considering the economic viability and regional potential to boost upward trend on exports such as rice currently proposed for price adjustment.

These economic and social measures would be hopefully implemented upon the administration assuming office.

Thailand is bracing for a bright future with the major political development and the leaders have unique opportunity to safeguard republic interests in adopting transparency and accountability in governance.

Good Luck!  To the citizens of Thailand and Prime Minister elect Yingluck Shinawatra for a successful term with political stability and economic prosperity.

Peace to all.

Thank you.


Padmini Arhant


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