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Thailand Votes in Upper House Election

  • Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, right, checks a list of voters' names before voting at a polling station in Bangkok, March 30, 2014.
  • Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra prepares to cast her ballot at a polling station in Bangkok, March 30, 2014.
  • An election official greets a woman in a wheelchair as she casts her ballot at a polling station in Bangkok, March 30, 2014.
  • An official sits in front of a board with a list of candidates as she waits for voters at a polling station during a vote to elect a new Senate, in Bangkok, March 30, 2014.
  • Gear and weapons of victims are placed by the road as security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack on police in the troubled southern Thai province of Narathiwat, March 30, 2014.
  • Two policemen were killed and three wounded in a roadside bomb attack as they were traveling to provide security to polling stations for Sunday's Senate elections. Here security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack on police in the troubled southern Thai province of Narathiwat, March 30, 2014.
     
  • Soldiers check electoral lists as they prepare to vote at a polling station in Bangkok, March 30, 2014.
  • Officials wait for voters at a polling station, in Bangkok, March 30, 2014.
  • An official holds a ballot as votes are counted at a polling station in Bangkok, March 30, 2014.
  • Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban (C) gestures to supporters after praying at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok, March 29, 2014.
  • An anti-government protester carries a placard with a picture of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as protesters march through central Bangkok, March 29, 2014.

Thailand Votes in Upper House Election

VOA News
Thais voted Sunday to choose legislators for the upper house of parliament in a test for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's beleaguered government.

The vote came a day after tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Bangkok to demand that the prime minister resign.

Sunday's voting went without disruptions, in contrast to the vote last month for the lower house.  That election was boycotted by the opposition and eventually nullified by Thailand's Constitutional Court.

Should anti-government forces dominate the upper house, it will be easier to remove Ms. Yingluck if she is impeached.  She has been charged with ignoring corruption within a government rice subsidy program that has cost the country billions of dollars.  

Yingluck is scheduled to present her defense to Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission Monday.

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