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Thailand re-runs disputed elections in five provinces

Published on Mar 2, 2014 10:33 AM
Anti-government protestors gather at one of the blockade camps in Bangkok on March 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand is holding elections on Sunday in five provinces where voting was disrupted in last month's poll by anti-government protesters trying to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Election re-runs planned for April in other provinces have been suspended pending a court decision on procedures.

Voting was disrupted in 18 percent of constituencies, 69 out of 375, nationwide, the Election Commission said, affecting 18 of 77 provinces.

The demonstrators, who have blocked intersections in the capital for weeks, say Ms Yingluck must resign and make way for an appointed "people's council" to overhaul a political system they say has been taken hostage by her billionaire brother and former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra.

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