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Thailand votes amid clashes

Bangkok, Feb. 2 (Reuters): Elections in Thailand passed off peacefully today but the country was no nearer to ending its intractable political conflict, with the government facing the prospect of months of paralysis, protests and complex legal challenges.

Voting was disrupted in about a fifth of the country’s constituencies, but no major violence was reported, despite armed clashes between supporters and opponents of embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that wounded seven persons on the eve of the ballot.

Voting ended at 3pm, but no results will be announced today, meaning little change to an uneasy status quo. Yingluck will remain caretaker Prime Minister for weeks, facing continued anti-government protests and the prospect of a slew of legal challenges aimed at invalidating the poll.

Further voting is already scheduled for February 23 after problems with advance balloting last Sunday.

 
 
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