Serbian Citizenship for Former Prime Minister Yingluck

Beloved by Thailand’s rural poor, ousted from office and in exile since fleeing a trial two years ago, the former prime minister of Thailand has reappeared abroad, at least in name, on a Serbian government website.

The site announced that the former Thai leader, Yingluck Shinawatra, had been granted Serbian citizenship, in a statement posted on an official government website.

By obtaining a passport from a foreign country, Ms. Yingluck is following in the footsteps of her wealthy older brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, who is also a former prime minister and populist leader. He was deposed in a military coup in 2006 after five years in office, and also fled overseas.

The exiled former Thai PM, Thaksin Shinawatra, last reported to be in Hong Kong to be part of the wedding party in the marriage of his youngest daughter.