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Ousted Leader's Sister Becomes Thailand's First Female PM

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets after receiving the royal command appointed her as the country's prime minister in front of a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at her Pheu Thai party headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Aug. 8 2011. Yingluck, 44, U.S.-educated businesswoman, became the country's first female prime minister. (AP Photo/Rungroj Yongrit, Pool)

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets after receiving the royal command appointed her as the country's prime minister in front of a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at her Pheu Thai party headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Aug. 8 2011. Yingluck, 44, U.S.-educated businesswoman, became the country's first female prime minister. (AP Photo/Rungroj Yongrit, Pool)

Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of an ousted Thai leader, is vowing to work for national reconciliation after formally becoming the country's first female prime minister.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej certified her appointment with a royal command presented at a ceremony Monday at her Pheu Thai party headquarters.

Yingluck's brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was removed by a 2006 military coup after being accused of corruption and disrespect for the monarchy. His ouster set off a sometimes violent struggle for power between his supporters and opponents that continues to leave the country polarized.