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Ex-PM elected opposition party head

Thailand's opposition Democrat Party has re-elected former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader ahead of a crucial decision over whether to boycott upcoming elections.

Mr Abhisit ran unopposed in the party election, and received 98% of the vote.

He was charged with murder last week in connection with the deaths of two people during a 2010 crackdown on anti-government protesters when he was prime minister. A total of 91 people died during the protests.

The Democrats must decide soon whether to participate in the February 2 polls called by prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

They have not won an election in decades, and have allied themselves with a protest movement that is demanding that Ms Yingluck resign before any polls to make way for an appointed government to institute reforms.


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