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Thai election

Five Thai election contenders to watch on day of verdict

Parties and leaders jostle for position ahead of possible coalition scramble

Five players likely to feature prominently in the final phase of the campaign and possible post-election coalition talks. (Photos by Nikkei/Reuters)

BANGKOK -- Thailand is holding its first general election in eight years on Sunday. As the country looks to restore democracy after nearly five years under military rule, the race is expected to be tight. Analysts are predicting that no single party will win a majority in the lower house.

Who are the key figures in this political drama, which has already been full of surprises?

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