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Elites hatch backroom deals as country stumbles on

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The protracted political deadlock, aggravated by escalating violence, has prompted members of the social elite to come out and share their concerns. 

But of all the recommendations, there are still ambiguities. It remains unclear who has the ability to persuade the rival parties to sit around a table and negotiate a solution, if that is the only possible outcome — or even who has the legitimate right to govern the country.

On one side, the elected caretaker government, with ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra calling the shots from behind the scenes, is determined to cling to power while on the other side Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), leads the street protests claiming the support of the “great masses” in a bid to oust the government.

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