The people of Thailand are voting in the country's first general election since a military coup five years ago.

Prime Minister and former army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha is hoping to extend his hold on power as the country returns to civilian control. He hopes to see off a challenge by the populist Pheu Thai party, which is allied to the ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawat.

Critics say that changes to the political system since the coup mean the electoral system is biased in favor of parties aligned with the military. After casting his own vote, the junta backed prime minister appeared to encourage a large turnout.

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