Thaksin Loyalists Poised to Win Thai Election Thailand holds on Sunday its first elections since a military coup last year. There are doubts whether the balloting will restore confidence and stability in a country where the poor, rural majority is often at odds with the urban, middle class minority.
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Thaksin Loyalists Poised to Win Thai Election

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Thaksin Loyalists Poised to Win Thai Election

Thaksin Loyalists Poised to Win Thai Election

Thaksin Loyalists Poised to Win Thai Election

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Voters in Thailand went to the polls Sunday to choose a government to replace the one installed by the military after it deposed then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in September 2006. Thaksin has been in exile ever since, amid allegations of widespread corruption and abuse of power.

But he remains hugely popular with many Thais. And exit polls show his reconstituted party poised to win the most seats in the new parliament. Final results aren't expected for several days.