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  1. Thai Protesters Move to Disrupt February Elections

    In a controversial shift, Bangkok’s anti-government protesters are attempting to scuttle the national election scheduled for February. The vote, which is being boycotted by Thailand’s main opposition party, is expected to return Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to power and continue the influence of her brother, the exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. The Shinawatras are popular in rural areas, but opponents do not want to afford the corrupt administration an opportunity to claim legitimacy. Instead, they advocate a temporary suspension of the democratic system and the establishment of a people’s reform council.

    Sources: Global Post, NYT

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