An anti-government protester looks at military personnel walking near a district office where voting was called off in Bangkok February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Kerek Wongsa
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Anti-government protesters blocked voting Sunday in dozens of constituencies in a Thai election that was overshadowed by pre-poll bloodshed, an opposition boycott and fears of protracted political limbo.Tensions were running high after a dramatic gun battle between rival protesters on the streets of the capital on the eve of the election that left at least seven people wounded.Officials said voting was disrupted in parts or all of 127 out of 375 constituencies nationwide because of the demonstrators, who want Yingluck to step down and make way for an unelected "people's council" to oversee reforms to tackle corruption and alleged vote-buying.In Bangkok, 488 out of 6,673 polling stations either could not open, or closed early, because of a blockade by protesters or a lack of staff, sparking minor scuffles between would-be voters and police in one district.The elite-backed opposition Democrat Party -- which has not won an elected majority in around two decades -- refused to take part in the vote, throwing its support behind the anti-government protests.
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