Thailand's new prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, waves to the media at Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 5. Thai lawmakers chose the US-educated businesswoman as the country's first female prime minister, setting the stage for the political novice to take charge of a volatile nation that has been deeply divided since her brother was ousted in a 2006 coup.
Underlying political gridlock is concern over who will replace King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the move should help Thailand's image after months of often-violent street protests against her government, which faces legal challenges to its tenure.
Bangkok protests entered their fourth day as an anti-corruption agency unveiled an investigation into a controversial subsidy program run by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Protesters marched in Bangkok in preparation for a anti-government shutdown. Security forces are mobilizing to prevent clashes in the run-up to a controversial election.