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Bangkok to hold gubernatorial election for first time in 9 years

Contest seen as prelude to Thai general poll, with 700,000 new voters in mix

Thailand's youth recently emerged as a new political force after organizing huge anti-government protests in recent years.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thais living in the capital will go to the polls on May 22 to vote in the first gubernatorial contest in nine years.

The Bangkok election is generally seen as a fight between two polar opposites: the pro-military government and opposition parties. The election is also expected to set the tone for the upcoming general election next year.

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