Voting proceeds relatively smoothly, but no end in sight for political standoff

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Thai soldiers stand guard to block anti-government protesters, left, during a rally outside the office of the permanent secretary for defense where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was reportedly working inside Monday, Feb. 3, in Bangkok. Around the country, the vast majority of voting stations were open and polling proceeded relatively peacefully, but the risk of violence remained high a day after gun battles in Bangkok left seven people wounded. Meanwhile, protesters vowed Monday to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead their efforts to nullify the results of elections that were expected to prolong a national political crisis.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai soldiers stand guard to block anti-government protesters, left, during a rally outside the office of the permanent secretary for defense where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was reportedly working inside Monday, Feb. 3, in Bangkok. Around the country, the vast majority of voting stations were open and polling proceeded relatively peacefully, but the risk of violence remained high a day after gun battles in Bangkok left seven people wounded. Meanwhile, protesters vowed Monday to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead their efforts to nullify the results of elections that were expected to prolong a national political crisis.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)Thai soldiers stand guard to block anti-government protesters, left, during a rally outside the office of the permanent secretary for defense where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was reportedly working inside Monday, Feb. 3, in Bangkok. Around the country, the vast majority of voting stations were open and polling proceeded relatively peacefully, but the risk of violence remained high a day after gun battles in Bangkok left seven people wounded. Meanwhile, protesters vowed Monday to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead their efforts to nullify the results of elections that were expected to prolong a national political crisis.  
(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)