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Thailand's coup leader and "democratic front" face-off in long-awaited election

Updated : March 24, 2019 04:39 PM IST

Thai voters flocked to the polls on Sunday in a long-delayed election following a 2014 coup, a race that pits a military junta chief seeking to retain power against a "democratic front" led by the populist party he ousted.

A voter casts their ballot as they vote at a polling station during the general election in Bangkok, Thailand. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A voter casts their ballot as they vote at a polling station during the general election in Bangkok, Thailand. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
People queue to cast their vote in the general election at a polling station in Bangkok. (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
People queue to cast their vote in the general election at a polling station in Bangkok. (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks to media after voting in the general election. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks to media after voting in the general election. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A voter casts their ballot in the general election at a polling station in Bangkok. (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
A voter casts their ballot in the general election at a polling station in Bangkok. (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
Military personnel stand guard as people arrive to vote in the general election at a polling station in Yala province. (REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom)
Military personnel stand guard as people arrive to vote in the general election at a polling station in Yala province. (REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom)
Buddhist monks walk past the Democracy Monument ahead of voting, during the general election in Bangkok. (REUTERS/Cory Wright)
Buddhist monks walk past the Democracy Monument ahead of voting, during the general election in Bangkok. (REUTERS/Cory Wright)
A voter stands in a ballot booth during the general election at a polling station in Bangkok. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A voter stands in a ballot booth during the general election at a polling station in Bangkok. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
An ethnic Kayan woman, also known as a long neck villager casts her vote for the general election in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. (REUTERS/Ann Wang)
An ethnic Kayan woman, also known as a long neck villager casts her vote for the general election in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. (REUTERS/Ann Wang)
A voter casts their ballot for the general election at a polling station in Bangkok. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A voter casts their ballot for the general election at a polling station in Bangkok. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
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