Thailand’s prime minister-elect Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to be endorsed next week, a newspaper reported Friday citing an Election Commission official.
Commissioner Sodsri Satayatham, who is in charge of political party affairs, said consideration of Yingluck would be completed Tuesday when the government election body holds its second round of endorsements, the English-language Nation newspaper reported online.
The commission did not qualify Yingluck, who leads the Pheu Thai party, during its first round of endorsements this week because of questions concerning the involvement of banned politicians in her campaign.
Sodsri said the commission’s investigative arm told her that Yingluck did not need to testify or provide more evidence in her case, the Nation reported. If there was a case to disqualify her, they would require more information.
The case involves a campaign slogan for the youngest sister of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra: ‘Thaksin thinks. Pheu Thai does.’ It brought into question Thaksin’s involvement in Yingluck’s campaign.
Earlier this month, Yingluck announced a coalition lineup after election officials confirmed that her party had won 262 of the 500 parliamentary seats in the July 3 election.