But three years of repressive junta rule has successfully quashed any widespread opposition to the military for now.The country's democratic future also looks bleak, with a junta-scripted constitution severely cramping the power of any future elected governments.'She is definitely no longer here, she is likely in Singapore now,' A senior source in the Shinawatras Pheu Thai party said Friday, adding: 'she left on Wednesday.'The other source, who told CNN the former PM was now in Dubai, supported the idea that she left her country on Wednesday.Thousands of supporters - outnumbered by security forces - had waited from dawn for a glimpse of Thailand's first female prime minister, but she did not show.Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha denied knowledge of her whereabouts but ordered border checkpoints 'to be stepped up,' while his number-two Prawit Wongsuwon said it was 'possible' Yingluck had fled through neighbouring Cambodia.If that had been confirmed, Yingluck would have joined her billionaire brother Thaksin in self-exile - a knock-out blow to the family and their political ambitions.
A minister in her government was jailed hours later for 42 years in a separate trial for corruption linked to the policy.But analysts say if both siblings are now in exile their time in Thailand's spin dryer political arena is over.'It is the end of the Shinawatras and the Pheu Thai party in politics,' Puangthong Pawakpan, a Thai politics expert at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University.'With two family members as fugitives, the family loses political legitimacy,' she said, adding that Yingluck's departure would be welcomed by a Thai junta weary of the prospect of her political martyrdom in jail.