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Thailand grand coalition marks calculated about-face for Pheu Thai

Thaksin's party regains power by abandoning pledge to shun pro-military rivals

About two-thirds of Thailand's parliament voted on Aug. 22 for Pheu Thai's Srettha Thavisin, left, to become the next prime minister as Thaksin Shinawatra returned to the country the same day. (Source photos by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- The events of Aug. 22 may be remembered as a watershed moment for Thailand's politics, as two dramas once unimaginable unfolded before the public.

One was the parliamentary vote to choose the country's 30th prime minister.

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