Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, faces the opposition of palace and military factions who see her brother as a usurper of royal privileges.
Thailand is set to place a woman with little political experience in charge in a transition of power that could soothe six years of political turmoil.
Opinion polls suggest a strong win for the opposition after the Thai election Sunday. The military is unlikely to stage a coup, though it may try to use other means to thwart a PTP-led government.
A couple walks along the Delaware Canal towpath Saturday during the Delaware Canal festival, in Yardley, Pa.
Polls suggest that Thailand's opposition Puea Thai Party (PTP), which is loyal to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and led by his sister, will win the largest share in a divisive July 3 parliamentary vote.
Thailand's 'red shirts' have a strong base, analysts say the parliamentary election may hinge on the mood among nonpartisan voters, as well as local dynamics.
Tens of thousands of Thailand's antigovernment 'red-shirt' protesters took to Bangkok's streets over the weekend demanding democracy and promising to keep up the pressure as Thailand turns toward elections this year.
Thailand protests by the antigovernment 'red shirts' were the biggest show of strength by Thailand’s opposition since a tumultuous crackdown in May.