After Disputed Elections, What's Next For Thailand?

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra\'s re-election looked all but certain a few months ago, but low voter turnout could undermine any win for her.
Posted at 8:52 AM, Feb 02, 2014

Thailand's national election came to a close Sunday — though no one is likely to agree on who actually won.  

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's re-election looked all but certain a few months ago, but low voter turnout this weekend could undermine the legitimacy of any win for her. (Via Channel News Asia)

With little chance of winning themselves, the opposition Democrat party urged its supporters to boycott of the elections. They've been calling for Yingluck to be replaced with an unelected council. (Via Channel 4

Anti-government protesters reportedly kept candidates from registering for about 30 seats in the parliament. Al Jazeera explains this means the parliament will not reach the quorum it needs to re-convene. (Via Al Jazeera

And without enough legitimately-elected lawmakers, a new government could not be formed, and the prime minister would be left in a caretaker role.

So, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the violence during early voting last week, Yingluck deployed some 10,000 police officers to Bangkok Saturday. (Via RT)

Still, seven people, including two journalists, were wounded during clashes between police and protesters. It's just the latest instance of violence in the protests that have left 10 dead since November. (Via Bangkok Post

The protests were triggered back in October by Yingluck's attempt to pass a now-shelved amnesty bill that would open the door for the return of her billionaire brother, Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He was ousted in a military coup eight years ago, and now lives in Dubai to avoid going to prison for a corruption conviction. (Via World Economic Forum / Moritz Hager,U.S. Department of Defense / Helene C. Stikkel)

The anti-government protesters take issue with Thaksin’s populist politics and accuse his sister, Yingluck, of basically running a puppet government for her brother. (Via ITN)

A disputed election would leave Yingluck and her entire cabinet in a caretaker role for the next few months until by-elections are held in the districts where protesters obstructed the voting.