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Thai caretaker PM calls meeting to resolve political crisis

English.news.cn   2013-12-12 18:31:39            

BANGKOK, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday invited all political parties and sectors of the society to meet on Sunday to seek solutions to the political deadlock.

The government has decided to solicit opinions from representatives of political parties, businessmen, civil servants, educational institutions, legal experts and academics, Yingluck said in a televised speech.

The permanent secretary for the Prime Minister's Office, Tongthong Chantharangsu, will be in charge of organizing the meeting, she added.

The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), an alliance of various anti-government groups, would not joint the meeting, PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan said.

Yingluck's proposal would not provide the answer protesters need to hear, Akanat said, adding what they need is a reform to be carried out before a general election.

The country's coming general election is scheduled on Feb. 2, 2014.

A group of anti-government protesters on Thursday continued to besiege the Government House compound.

They removed barbed wires inside the compound and required the police deployed there to leave.

After the police rejected the request, protesters cut off the power supply to the Government House.

It is reported that between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11, clashes between the opposing sides injured 291 protesters and killed five.


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Editor: Chen Zhi
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