Happy 49th Birthday Yingluck
Yingluck Shinawatra was born 21, June 1967. She is the youngest of 9 children. Her father was a member of parliament for Chiang Mai.
She is a descendant of a former monarch of Chiang Mai through her grandmother, Princess Jantip Na Chiang Mai (Great-great-granddaughter of King Dharmalangka of Chiang Mai).
Born in Chiang Mai into a wealthy family of Hakka Chinese descent. Yingluck Shinawatra earned a bachelor’s degree from Chiang Mai University in 1988 and a master’s degree from Kentucky State University, USA in 1991, both in public administration.
She then became an executive in the businesses founded by her elder brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, and later became the president of property developer SC Asset and managing director of Advanced Info Service “AIS”.
Yingluck became the 28th Prime Minister of Thailand following the 2011 general election. Yingluck was Thailand’s first female Prime Minister and its youngest in over 60 years. She was removed from office on 7 May 2014 by a Constitutional Court decision that found her guilty on a charge of abuse of power.
After mass protests against her government in late 2013, she asked for a dissolution of parliament on 9 December 2013, triggering a snap election, but continued to act as caretaker prime minister. On 7 May 2014, the Constitutional Court of Thailand removed Yingluck Shinawatra from the office of caretaker prime minister following months of political crisis. The court found her guilty of charges of abuse of power over the transfer of national security chief Thawil Pliensri in 2011 to make way for a Pheu Thai supporter. In the wake of the May 2014 military coup, Yingluck was arrested along with former cabinet ministers and political leaders of all parties and held at an army camp for a few days while the coup was consolidated, under the slogan “Give them Time to Think”.