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Thai vote goes smoothly as protesters regroup in Bangkok park

Published on Mar 2, 2014 4:35 PM
 
A Thai voter passes election staff at a polling station in Samut Songkhram province, south of Bangkok on Mar 2, 2014. Thailand held re-run elections in five provinces where voting was disrupted in last month's poll by anti-government protesters who decamped from a main Bangkok intersection on Sunday and moved inside a central park. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand held re-run elections in five provinces where voting was disrupted in last month's poll by anti-government protesters who decamped from a main Bangkok intersection on Sunday and moved inside a central park.

There were no reports of violence at Sunday's vote, although gunfire and at least two explosions had raised tension in Bangkok before the original Feb 2 general election.

Whatever the result, the vote alone cannot restore stability in a deeply polarised country popular with tourists and investors yet blighted by eight years of political turmoil.

The protesters, seeking to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, gathered in central Lumpini Park, where hundreds already sleep in tents alongside boating lakes and under trees, after protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said they would abandon other sites in the city.

 
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