Thai protesters vow to step up rallies, nullify disrupted election

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The United States expressed regret that many Thais were prevented from voting. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday the U.S. doesn't want to see a military coup or recourse to violence, and remains concerned that political tensions are posing challenges to Thailand's democratic institutions and processes.

"We certainly don't take sides in Thailand's political disputes, but we continue to urge all sides to commit to sincere dialogue to resolve political differences peacefully and democratically," she told reporters in Washington.

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Associated Press writers Jocelyn Gecker and Todd Pitman in Bangkok and Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed to this report.

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