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Thai Elections

Dateline comes live from Bangkok on the day of Thailand’s first general election since deadly street riots crippled the capital.

Mark Davis reports from the campaign trail, interviewing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the new face of the opposition in Thai politics, Yingluck Shinawatra.

But there's controversy over whether she’s merely a mouthpiece for her brother, controversial ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

So is the country on the brink of new political upheaval and more violence on the streets between her red shirt supporters and the anti-Thaksin yellow shirts?

WATCH - See Mark’s Thai election analysis.

BACKGROUND - Read more background information about the pre-election political situation in Thailand.

WORLD NEWS AUSTRALIA - Read about Yingluck Shinawatra's win and the post-election reaction on the World News Australia website.

- As WikiLeaks published revelations about Thai politicians and the royal family, this edition of Dateline also included a profile of Bradley Manning. He's awaiting trial charged with leaking classified US cables, which were later published by WikiLeaks.

REPLAY - Watch Dateline's previous stories on the tension in Thailand.

Photos: Getty/AAP

On air: 3rd July 2011

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