Thailand votes in first post-coup election

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Around 50 million voters are heading to the polls in Thailand, for the first General Election since the 2014 coup.
Thailand has been buffeted by political instability for years – largely a battle between supporters of the military and those of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

After seizing power the army promised to restore order and democracy, but has repeatedly postponed the vote. Critics say, the new Constitution the army introduced will ensure it remains influential, whatever the outcome.

The election is primarily a contest between pro-military parties and allies of Mr Thaksin.
Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted in a coup in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile to avoid conviction for abuse of power. However, he still has significant support, largely among rural and less affluent voters!

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