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Thai economy: Divided opinions on government policies

18 December 2013 Last updated at 09:43 GMT

Thailand's caretaker prime minister has begun campaigning for February's general election despite the protesters who want sweeping reforms even before the elections.

Yingluck Shinawatra is campaigning in the north-east of Thailand, where support for her party is especially strong, thanks to the populist policies implemented by her and her now-exiled brother Thaksin.

The BBC's Jonathan Head reports from Udon Thani on the changes that have reinforced the government's support there.