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Sister of ousted former leader could become Thailand's next prime minister

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Yingluck Shinawatra grabs roses as she shakes hands with supporters at a rally during her election campaign on June 29, 2011 in Burirum, Thailand. Thais go to the polls on July 3 to vote in a tight race between Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's Democrats and the red shirt followers of fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup.

NBC News reports

Less than a week before Sunday’s general election, opinion polls unanimously suggest that Thailand is likely to get the first female prime minister. Only a few months ago she was nowhere near the political limelight. But it’s not hard to see why Yingluck entered into politics with a bang and is rising quickly to the country’s top job.

Her last name is Shinawatra. She shares it with her older brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, the two-time elected prime minister who was ousted in a 2006 military coup, and is now living as a fugitive from Thai justice in Dubai

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Supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra reach out to shake hands with her after a rally during her election campaign on June 29, 2011 in Surin, Thailand.

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Yingluck Shinawatra jokes with the media while onboard a train, June 29, near Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand.