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Thai election

Thai election defeat shatters Thaksin's myth of invincibility

Former prime minister may have lost his touch over years in exile

Parties affiliated with former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had won five straight general elections before the streak was broken this year. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- The Move Forward Party's shock victory in Thailand's lower house election on May 14 may mark the start of a new era for Thai politics, one less dominated by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

About a week on from the vote, Move Forward has assembled a coalition of eight opposition parties -- including Thaksin's own Pheu Thai Party -- that holds 313 seats in the 500-member House of Representatives.

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