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Deals to end conflict hard to swallow

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Now what? After political sideshows including a visit by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to a Myanmar astrologer, reportedly to ward off his bad karma, and operations to reclaim rally sites that were done with more fanfare than real effort, the question remains — what comes next in the Thai political conflict? 

All roads seemed to lead towards the possibility of an interim government last week. There were reports of high-level talks between government representatives and protesters brokered by former deputy prime minister Visanu Krue-ngam.

According to the reports, the meeting saw an initial agreement on three issues: the appointment of an interim government with a non-elected prime minister, the protection of caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from action over alleged irregularities in the rice-pledging scheme and an amnesty for anti-government protest leaders from insurrection charges. About the same time, People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) co-leader Thaworn Senneam hinted that the PDRC would end its rallies if Ms Yingluck stepped down.

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