Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of fugitive Thai ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (AFP/File, Saeed Khan)

BANGKOK — Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of fugitive Thai ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, on Monday said she would run as the main opposition party’s candidate for premier in July’s election.

Her nomination by the Puea Thai party makes her the first woman to run for Thailand’s top political job.

“I am ready to fight according to the rules and I ask for the opportunity to prove myself. I ask for your trust as you used to trust my brother,” she told a party meeting in Bangkok, attended by reporters.

Although he lives abroad to escape a jail term for graft, Thaksin — who was ousted in a 2006 coup — is widely considered to be the de facto leader of the Puea Thai party.