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Turbulent Thailand

Thai local election, first since coup, watched for pro-democracy progress

Results expected Monday in vote anticipated to hinge on youth turnout

A woman has her temperature checked before voting at a polling station in Thailand's Prachuap Khiri Khan Province on Dec. 20.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand on Sunday held local elections for the first time since the 2014 coup -- the first nationwide poll to gauge the momentum of the pro-democracy protests.

In 76 provinces outside Bangkok voters chose the chief executive and members of the legislative arm known as provincial administrative organizations (PAOs). Results are expected to be known by Monday.

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