While the government is trying to involve prominent public figures in its political reform assembly, the initiative has been shunned by the Democrat Party, the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and civic groups.
Far from joining forces, the opposition and civic groups have set up separate teams to map out their own blueprints for political reform. In short, political reconciliation is still not within easy reach.
Former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa has emerged as the main co-ordinator inviting former prime ministers, political party leaders and other well-known names in society to join and lend credibility to the forum.
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