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Thailand's first transgender PM candidate reveals decades long struggle ahead of country's controversial elections

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Thailand's first transgender PM candidate reveals decades long struggle ahead of country's controversial elections

Thailand's first transgender PM candidate reveals decades long struggle ahead of country's controversial elections

Thailand's first transgender candidate for Prime Minister has revealed her decades-long inner struggle ahead of the country’s elections - in which she hopes to topple the military dictatorship.

Pauline Ngarmpring, 52, was born a man and had two children but spent years in emotional turmoil as she hid her true identity.

The millionaire sports businessman finally plucked up the courage to have a sex change three years in the United States before returning home and entering politics – fueled by national anger against the army rulers and determined to improve LGBT rights.

Pauline is now going head-to-head with the ruthless military junta lead by General Prayut Chan-o-cha when the country votes on Sunday (March 24) for the first time in almost a decade.

The politician – who has already helped to raise awareness for her country’s seven million LGBT people – said her manifesto is based on gender equality.

She said: ''I was always asked to join the politics since I was a man but at that time I was still not clear in my mind who I was.

And how could you make a change to the country when you didn’t even know yourself?'' Born and raised as a boy, named Pinit Ngarmpring, she was always interested in politics and sports.

She enjoyed playing football and boxing since childhood.

Pinit founded the influential football fan association and lead a successful campaign to depose the corrupt president of Football Association of Thailand.

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