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PM plans 'people's forum' on unrest

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ordered two ministers to set up a "people's forum" bringing together academics and legal experts to discuss how to resolve the long-running political conflict, government spokesman Teerat Rattanasevi said. 

Ms Yingluck proposed the forum in response to  the People's Democratic Reform Committee's (PDRC) call for the establishment of a people's assembly, he said.

Mr Teerat said the prime minister appointed Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana and Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri to oversee the forum at today's cabinet meeting. She stressed the need for all sectors to come together to help end the political protests through negotiation and other peaceful channels, he said.

The cabinet also assigned Public Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong, Deputy Public Health Minister Sorawong Thienthong, Social Security and Human Security Minister Pavena Hongsakula and PM's Office Minister Santi Prompat to visit and oversee care for those injured in protests over the past few days.

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