facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Thai leader's noodle-cooking scrutinized

July 9, 2011 at 8:08 PM   |   Comments

BANGKOK, July 9 (UPI) -- Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's prime minister-elect, says helping a noodle vendor with the cooking during a campaign stop was an innocent act.

A complaint to the Election Commission charged Yingluck was trading food for votes. The commission's secretary-general, Suthipol Thaweechaikarn, said the preliminary investigation suggests she was not doing anything wrong on May 31 but more witnesses need to be examined, the Bangkok Post reported.

"Preliminary results from the investigation show it was not an act of intending to cook the noodles to give them to supporters because a noodle vendor was cooking when Ms. Yingluck arrived and she asked if she could help her with the cooking," Suthipol said.

Yingluck, sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, is head of the Pheu Thai Party, which won 265 of the 500 parliamentary seats last Sunday. Several small parties have since agreed to work with Pheu Thai, giving it a majority of more than 300.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Man who spent 24 years in prison for arson murder freed
2
Kamala Harris to appeal court ruling against death penalty
3
Jodi Arias granted delay in death penalty retrial
4
Heather Mack, mother, argued in lobby before suitcase murder
5
Mudslides hit area in Washington State charred by wildfires
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback