Thailand’s first woman prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, have been granted Serbian citizenship. The former politician, who became Thailand’s Prime Minister in 2011, fled the country in 2017 after facing negligence and corruption charges in a rice subsidy programme.
A descendant of Chiang Mai royal of Northern Thailand and sister of former Thai Premier Thakshin Shinawatra, Yingluck Shinawatra was a business professional and managed Shin Cooperation, a company founded by her brother, Thakshin Shinawatra, before she joined politics.
Both the siblings, Yingluck Shinawatra and Thakshin Shinawatra, had fled Thailand after facing corruption charges. While Thakshin Shinawatra is said to live in self imposed exile in Dubai, Serbia government is reported to have granted citizenship to Yingluck Shinawatra as ‘it could benefit Serbia’.
With her newly acquired Serbian passport, Yingluck Shinawatra can travel upto 100 countries without a visa. Serbia is stated to join the European Union by 2025. In response to this new development, Thai officials is said to be contemplating to draw up a reciprocal agreement for fugitive exchange with the Serbian government. Currently, Thailand doesn’t have an extradition agreement with Serbia yet.