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Thai voters head to polling booths

07-03-2011 13:35 BJT

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Voters are heading to the polls in Thailand, in an election analysts are hoping will put an end to years of unrest. But many also fear the ballot could trigger a new round of upheaval, if the results are not accepted by rival protesters or the military.

Security is tight, with around 170-thousand police deployed nationwide to protect voting booths.

While the poll itself is a race between ruling Democrats led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, and opposition leader Yingluck Shinwatra's Pheu Thai party, it is also being viewed as a referendum on the divisive legacy of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's exiled elder brother.

While the poll itself is a race between ruling Democrats
led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, and opposition
leader Yingluck Shinwatra's Pheu Thai party, it is also
being viewed as a referendum on the divisive legacy of
former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's exiled
elder brother.

Local polls have consistently given her opposition party a strong lead. But predictions have given neither Pheu Thai, nor the ruling Democrats the 250-seat majority needed to form a government.

Many expect there to be fierce jockeying to win over smaller parties, to build a governing coalition.

While the poll itself is a race between ruling Democrats led by Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva, and opposition leader Yingluck Shinwatra's Pheu Thai party,
it is also being viewed as a referendum on the divisive legacy of former premier
Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's exiled elder brother.

While the poll itself is a race between ruling
Democrats led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva,
and opposition leader Yingluck Shinwatra's Pheu Thai
party, it is also being viewed as a referendum on the
divisive legacy of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra,
Yingluck's exiled elder brother.

While the poll itself is a race between ruling Democrats led by Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva, and opposition leader Yingluck Shinwatra's Pheu Thai party,
it is also being viewed as a referendum on the divisive legacy of former premier
Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's exiled elder brother.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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