After disrupting Thailand election, protesters pledge more demonstrations

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NEW: The United States says it doesn't want to see a military coup in Thailand

An estimated 45.84% of Thai voters participated in the election, authorities say

Anti-government protesters disrupted the vote and are continuing their rallies in Bangkok

The Electoral Commission says it could take months to complete voting

Bangkok, Thailand CNN  — 

Her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, is a business tycoon who became prime minister before being overthrown in a military coup. He has since lived in exile, but his opponents accuse him of dominating politics from afar, including through his sister.

The troubled election Sunday, which was boycotted by the main opposition party, appears unlikely to resolve Thailand’s protracted political crisis, which has fueled bouts of deadly unrest in the Southeast Asian country.

During the tense election process, anti-government protesters stopped candidates from registering, blocked delivery of ballot boxes and prevented people from casting their votes. As a result, voting was disrupted in 69 out of the country’s 375 electoral districts, authorities said.

The demonstrators have been protesting since November, saying they want to rid Thailand of the influence of Yingluck and her older brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who now lives in exile.