Thailand's acting Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan (L) attends a meeting with members of Thailand's Election Commission at an air force base in Bangkok May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
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Thailand's acting prime minister was meeting senators on Monday to search for a way out of a protracted political crisis, as anti-government protesters step up pressure to remove him and install a new administration.As six months of protests reach a crescendo, Bangkok is now the scene of a tense stand-off between government supporters loyal to Yingluck and her brother, ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and opposition demonstrators drawn from Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment.The upper house Senate, the country's only remaining legislative body, says it could select an interim prime minister but its leader wants to consult the government first.That has incensed protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, who wants the caretaker government removed right away.It noted that public investment was 19.3 percent lower than a year before as the caretaker government has no authority to begin new projects, while private sector investment fell 7.3 percent as business confidence slumped.
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