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Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Wednesday called for meetings with high level leaders of the armed forces, the chief of police and leaders of the private business sector in the hope of gaining more allies, while its proposal of an appointed legislative body came under heavy criticism.  
Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti-government protesters, spoke on Wednesday night that the 40 leaders of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) would like to meet with the commander in chief, the chiefs of the army, navies, and air force, and the national police chief in order to clarify the PDRC’s demands and proposals. 
Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti-government protesters, speaks on the rally stage on Nang Leong intersection at 7.30 pm of Wednesday. The speech was broadcast by Blue Sky Channel, a cable TV station affiliated to the opposition Democrat Party.
The PDRC’s goal is to eliminate the so-called “Thaksin regime” which roughly means a political system and country manipulated and administered by and for self-exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. Although Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, younger sister of Thaksin, on Monday called for a House dissolution and fresh elections, this has not satisfied the protesters since they all know that the Thaksin’s party will be re-elected with more than half of the Lower House’s seats. The PDRC, instead, proposed an appointed “People’s Council” and appointed “intermediary Prime Minister” to reform laws and administer the country without elections for a few years. This Council, according to the PDRC, would reform the country in order to cleanse it from corrupt politicians and the Thaksin regime. 
Suthep also plans to meet seven leading private sector organizations, who previously voiced their concerns over the situation and called for a peaceful democratic solution to the current conflict.
The seven organizations comprise the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Thai Industries, the Thai Bankers’ Association, the Tourism Council of Thailand, the Federation of Thai Capital Market Organizations, the Stock Exchange of Thailand, and the Thai Listed Companies Association. 
The protest leader said the meetings are not only to clarify the movement’s proposals, but also to exchange views and collect recommendations from various sectors, adding that none of the meetings are meant to pressure the armed forces or the private sector and that all the meetings will take place before 8 pm on Thursday. 
“[The PDRC] full committee of 40 people will join the meetings. We won’t have the protesters march to pressure. Only the committee. The meeting will be formal and public. What’s for? In order to explain to you that the great mass of people who own the sovereign power has the intention to reform Thailand for better, to be a truly democratic country,” said Suthep, former number of the pro-establishment opposition Democrat Party.
The pro-Thaksin red-shirt supporters are also welcome to join its reform mission, Suthep said, with exception of red-shirt leaders such as Jatuporn Prompan and Nattawut Saikua.
Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, in his capacity as the director of Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) on Wednesday morning said that the international community has been welcome the government’s decision to call for an election and that all Thais should exercise their rights through the election. The minister read parts of statements from the U.S., Germany, News Zealand, Canada, and China, respectively. 
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