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Thai election

Thai election reveals new rifts opening in deeply polarized nation

Parties win and lose votes as generational and ideological differences take hold

Some votes that the Thaksin Shinawatra camp used to be able to rely on this time went to Palang Pracharat, the political newcomer aligned with Thailand's junta. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

BANGKOK -- Thai voters laid bare their appetite for new political leaders in Sunday's general election, but in doing so they opened fresh fault lines in a political landscape already marked by deep polarization.

In the capital, two untested parties from both sides of the political divide -- the pro-junta Palang Pracharat and the progressive Future Forward Party -- gained from this shift in sentiment.

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