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article imageThailand Prime Minister offers protesters Nov. 14 election

By Andrew Moran     May 3, 2010 in World
Bangkok - The Thailand Prime Minister has offered anti-government Red Shirt demonstrators a November 14 election if they accept his reconciliation plan and peace is restored.
On Monday, Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva proposed a Nov. 14 election if anti-government protesters accept his reconciliation plan and bring peace and stability back to the country, according to Ria Novosti.
In a speech broadcast on live television on Monday evening, the Prime Minster said he would initiate his reconciliation plan even if the Red Shirts reject it; however, he would not set a date for an election.
"If there is a reconciliation process and the country has peace and stability the election can be held on November 14. That is the goal the government is ready to pursue,” Vejjajiva said.
The Associated Press reports that the Thai leader is expected to receive a response on Tuesday after a Red Shirt protest leader, Jatuporn Prompan, said the group will hold a meeting in order to discuss Vejjajiva’s proposal.
File photo: A Thai protester atop a car in Bangkok
File photo: A Thai protester atop a car in Bangkok
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Protests have brought the country to political and economic chaos. Xinhua notes that since anti-government protesters began demonstrating, it has been quite difficult to live an average life because a lot of roads are blocked, hospitals are raided and military forces have been driving around in armored vehicles.
The Red Shirts want the Parliament to be dissolved and an election to be held.
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