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Thai ex-PM re-elected as chief of opposition party

BANGKOK--Thailand's opposition Democrat Party re-elected former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader Tuesday ahead of a crucial decision over whether to boycott upcoming elections.

Abhisit, who ran unopposed in the party election and received 98 percent of the vote, was charged with murder last week in connection with the deaths of two people during a 2010 crackdown on anti-government protesters while he was prime minister. A total of 91 people died in the protests. His case comes to trial in March.

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