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Thailand turmoil: Military heads to meet protest leader at weekend

Published on Dec 12, 2013 11:58 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - The heads of Thailand's powerful military agreed on Thursday to a weekend meeting with the leader of the movement seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, deepening uncertainty about the country's immediate political future.

Ms Yingluck has called a snap election for Feb 2, but that has done nothing to satisfy a protest group that wants an unelected leadership to run the country, aware that a nationwide vote would likely return another government controlled by the premier's divisive billionaire brother, Thaksin Shinawatra.

The armed forces issued a statement late on Thursday saying it had invited protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban to join the heads of the army, navy and air force at a seminar on Saturday "to find a way out for Thailand".

The supreme commander would be the mediator and other "stakeholders" would join, it said, without elaborating.

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