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Thai junta accused of buying votes from Thaksin supporters

With the elections looming, government seen scrambling to dismantle opposition blocs

BANGKOK -- The Thai junta's measures to win over supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and to ensure that it emerges the victor in next year's elections is spurring allegations of vote-buying and intervening with the Election Commission.

The government recently announced that it will dish out around 63 billion baht ($1.9 billion) to low-income earners and the elderly from December, in a move seen to attract the supporters of Pheu Thai Party and its allies -- groups that support Shinawatra.

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