01 Jul '11, 2pm

DTN

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's two biggest political parties exhorted their supporters in rain-soaked rallies Friday ahead of elections that are the latest battle in a five-year struggle between supporters of an ousted prime minister and his rivals. The top contenders are Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and opposition leader Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was deposed by a 2006 military coup. Thaksin fled overseas to escape a jail sentence for corruption and is not a candidate. But many voters will be judging him and his populist policies when they cast their ballots Sunday. Since the coup, political battles have mostly been fought in the streets, most notably in protests by Thaksin's supporters last year that degenerated into violence in which 91 people were killed and about 1,800 injured. The election campaign, however, has been v...

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