A good article from Time Magazine, which explains the role of Thailand’s military and their influence in Thai politics …

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Faced with weeks of protests, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called a general election for Feb. 2. The 46-year-old is attempting to stamp legitimacy on her administration after ferocious anti-government demonstrations gripped the country, claiming five lives and injuring hundreds. On Tuesday, Yingluck vowed not to resign before voting begins. “I must do my duty as caretaker prime minister according to the constitution,” she told reporters.

Over the past month, tens of thousands have taken to the street to accuse Thailand’s first female Premier of being a puppet of her notorious brother, exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Despite this rampant animosity, analysts say her Pheu Thai Party will once again triumph at the polls — the sixth consecutive victory by Thaksin-backed parties, largely thanks to rural votes from the kingdom’s populous northeast. The opposition Democrat Party, whose 153 MPs resigned on Sunday in order…

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