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Thai election

Thai elections highlight generational rift over democracy

Elderly see junta as peacemaker while youngsters demand more freedoms

BANGKOK -- Thailand's first general election in eight years on March 24 is shaping up to be a battle of the generations.

In an election with 51.4 million eligible voters, the elderly hold sway with around 20% of the vote. This group of voters are keen to preserve stability and favor discipline that they believe the military government will able to continue to offer. This contrasts with those aged 18 to 25 who form around 10% of the electorate who want change and a move toward greater democracy and freedoms.

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