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Thai transgender wins provincial administration seat

BANGKOK, May 29 (Xinhua) -- A Thai Transgender beat male opponents to win a seat as councilor on the provincial administration organisation (PAO) of northern province of Nan in its lastest election, Bangkok Post reported on Tuesday.

Yollada Suanyos, 30, received 3,808 votes, edging out former Nan mayor Phawat Sattayawong, who came second with 3,659 votes in Constituency 1 in Nan's Muang district, according to unofficial election results for the 24 PAO council seats in the election on Sunday.

Yollada, who had a sex-change operation at 16, said on Monday that her position on the PAO council will help her work better with the government in solving problems regarding the rights of women and trans-female groups.

Viewing herself as a "new wave" in politics, Yollada, also the president of the Trans Female Association of Thailand, said her work would receive more support, especially from transgenders.



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