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Thailand -- deja vu all over again

Election leaves country facing further political deadlock and economic uncertainty

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Prayuth Chan-ocha of the Palang Pracharat Party delivers a speech to supporters in Chiang Mai on Jan. 14. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

When Thais went to the polls last Sunday for the first time since a military coup in 2014, they were widely expected to vote enthusiastically for a return to civilian-led government. Yet the preliminary result of the March 24 poll presented a surprise -- and controversial -- victory for conservative forces bent on prolonging military-backed rule.

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