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Polls open for Thailand's first election since 2014 military coup
JC News|March. 24, 2019
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Polls opened on Sunday for Thailand's first election since a 2014 military coup, a vote that is being seen as a contest between the country's junta leader who wants to stay on as elected leader and a "democratic front" of anti-junta parties.
About 51.4 million people are eligible to vote in the election, which analysts say is likely to be inconclusive and could usher in a new phase of political instability.
More than 93,000 polling stations in 77 provinces will be open until 5 p.m. (1000 GMT). The election commission has said that the first unofficial results will be available three hours after voting ends.
(Reporting by John Chalmers; Editing by Sam Holmes)
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