Thais vote in hope to end years of unrest

 

Thais began casting votes Sunday in a general election that many hope will bring an end to years of unrest between two political factions that climaxed last year with protests that turned deadly.

Squaring off against incumbent Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democratic Party is Pheu Thai party leader Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted as prime minister in a 2006 military coup.

Tensions between the Democratic Party and the Pheu Thai party, which reflect deep divisions within Thai society, erupted last year, with protests against Abhisit’s government leading to a military crackdown. More than 90 people were killed and hundreds were injured.

After the riots, the Thai government pledged to work toward a process of national reconciliation to heal class and political divisions, though the divide between the two groups remains wide.

Source cnn.com
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