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Peaceful voting in Thailand unlikely to stop unrest

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 - 01:37

Feb. 2 - Parliamentary elections in Thailand passes without major violence, but protest leaders are already calling for another protest march in Bangkok. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Voting ends in Thailand with little resolution in sight. Results are not expected to be announced Sunday. The elections passed peacefully but the country is no closer to ending its intractable political conflict. Now the government faces the prospect of months of paralysis, protests and complex legal challenges. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra offers her thanks. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) PRIME MINISTER YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA SAYING: "I would like to thank all Thai people who help to maintain democracy. The election today finished peacefully. There might be some problems in some areas, but overall there is no violence to concern people. Thanks to everybody who helped to maintain democracy." With the main opposition Democrat Party boycotting the poll, Yingluck's party is expected to win comfortably. But protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban still believes Yingluck's party will not win enough seats to open parliament. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) PROTEST LEADER, SUTHEP THAUGSUBAN, SAYING: "They will continue pushing the Election Commission to hold the by-elections in trouble areas. I don't know how many months it will take but let them do that. But I assure you they will not get all the 475 of the house representatives to open the parliament." An anti-government protest has already been called for Monday in Bangkok.

Peaceful voting in Thailand unlikely to stop unrest

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 - 01:37

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