Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra shot up 29 places in Forbes magazine's list of the world's 100 most powerful women from No.59 last year to No.30 this year.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel retains the No 1 position as the most influential woman in the world for the second year in a row. The magazine described her as The Iron Lady of Europe and the lead player in the eurozone economic drama that continues to threaten global markets".
Forbes noted that Ms Yingluck oversees a country of 67 million in the second-largest economy in Southeast Asia.
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