A Buddhist monk walks past a Thai soldier who provides security near the pro-government demonstration site on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, May 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
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Thailand's army chief summoned leaders of rival political groups and parties, Election Commission members and senators to a meeting on Wednesday, a day after he declared martial law, to discuss a way out of the country's political turmoil.Although the military denied Tuesday's surprise intervention amounted to a coup, General Prayuth Chan-ocha appears to be setting the agenda by forcing groups and organisations with a central role in the crisis to meet.The Election Commission was meeting separately during the morning to consider the caretaker government's proposal of an Aug. 3 election.Anti-government protesters disrupted an election in February that was later annulled. General Prayuth said he had imposed martial law to restore order, and the caretaker government says it is still running the country.The government, on the other hand, wants a general election that it would probably win, given Thaksin's enduring support among the rural and urban poor.
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