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Turbulent Thailand

Royal twist sends Thai parties scrambling as election clock ticks

Princess's entry alters calculations for both junta and Thaksin camp

BANGKOK -- In the span of a day, the outlook for Thailand's election next month has been thrown into disarray by two moves from the royal family, continuing a pattern of unpredictable politics that confronts multinationals investing in the country.

First a princess of the royal family made a stunning entry into politics, only to be rebuked by her brother the king.

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