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Turbulent Thailand

Pro-Thaksin allies seen retaining firm support in Thai election

Hope for democracy builds among more than 10,000 parliamentary candidates

BANGKOK -- A week after a party supporting Thaksin Shinawatra nominated Princess Ubolratana and shook up Thai politics, all eyes are turned to supporters of the deposed prime minister as the Election Commission prepares to announce the official list of candidates on Friday.

With thousands of candidates representing a plethora of parties, the junta's electoral strategy appears to be one of divide and conquer. But despite the reversals of the past week, the opposition remains in a strong position for the March 24 general election.

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