Yingluck Shinawatra has won a decisive election victory in Thailand. Her party secured a majority of the seats in parliament, which could be a sign of support for her brother - the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.
But the relative newcomer to politics now faces the challenge of holding together a coalition government.
Will Yingluck be the leader who takes Thailand towards a period of stability after years of turmoil?
Inside Story, with presenter Sohail Rahman, discusses with guests: Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, a former member of parliament for the Democrat Party; Michael Montesano, a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore; and Pithaya Pookaman, a deputy spokesman for the ministry of foreign affairs for the newly elected Pheu Thai Party.
This episode of Inside Story aired on Monday, July 4, 2011.