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Thais vote in first general election since 2014 coup

Thais filled schoolyards, temples and government offices on Sunday to vote in the first election since a 2014 coup, with a high turnout expected among a public who received a cryptic last-minute warning from the Thai king to support "good" leaders to prevent "chaos".

All television stations repeated the rare statement by King Maha Vajiralongkorn moments before polls opened.

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and the palace is nominally above the political fray. But the institution retains unassailable powers and is insulated from criticism by a harsh royal defamation law.

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