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Thailand Votes Amid Boycott, Bombs

Thailand’s prime minister urged citizens to ignore an opposition boycott of snap parliamentary elections Sunday, saying the vote was crucial to ending the country’s deepening political stalemate amid demands for his resignation. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called the election three years early to reassert his mandate after weeks of persistent street protests against his government. But the vote was unlikely to satisfy critics who accuse him of corruption and abuse of power. All three opposition parties in Parliament boycotted the election, urging Thailand’s 45 million registered voters to cast ballots but tick a box indicating they abstain from choosing a candidate. Full Story

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