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Thailand's political crisis: how events might unfold after poll

Published on Jan 30, 2014 4:56 PM
An anti-government protester looks on during a rally in Bangkok on January 27, 2014. The ruling Puea Thai party is certain to win the polls on Sunday with the opposition boycotting the election. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's government has set an election for Sunday despite warnings of violence as protesters keep up their efforts to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The protesters, who first took to the streets in November, are demanding that the government be replaced by an unelected "people's council" to force through changes to break the hold that former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's brother, has over politics.

Thaksin's passionate supporters, most of whom live in rural areas, have kept away from the Bangkok protests. But they could take to the streets if they feel that, once again, their interests are being dismissed by the Bangkok-based elite.

Below are some possible scenarios:

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