Thai election board certifies Yingluck's victory

July 19, 2011

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's official Election Commission has certified the victory of Yingluck Shinawatra for a Parliament seat. That clears a major hurdle to her becoming the country's first female prime minister.

Commission Secretary-General Suthiphon Thawichaikarn announced the ruling at a Tuesday news conference. Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted by a 2006 military coup.

Yingluck and incumbent Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva were among 142 winning parliamentary candidates whose endorsements were held off last week as the commission investigated complaints of electoral law violations.

Yingluck's Pheu Thai party won 265 seats in the July 3 general election. Parliament must convene and elect her prime minister before she can take office.