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BANGKOK — Thailand’s prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, sought to break the country’s debilitating political deadlock Monday by offering a “reconciliation plan” that includes elections proposed for November.

Antigovernment protesters who have shut down a major commercial district have demanded that Mr. Abhisit dissolve Parliament within a month and earlier rejected his offer to call new elections at a later date.

Mr. Abhisit said that the proposed elections date comes with the condition that the country follow a political “road map,” which includes agreeing to support the monarchy and “constructive” media coverage.

“I am confident that we can bring back peace,” Mr. Abhisit said on national television Monday evening. “It will not take too long if the process is allowed to take place peacefully.”

The New York Times

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