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23 August 2009 :: 01:08:35 am 7617

King Calls For Unity As Tensions Grow

The king warned that the country could collapse if its feuding political factions do not unite, as the government braced for Fresh Street protests, reports said Saturday.
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King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 81, made a rare speech to an audience at his seaside palace in Huahin, late Friday that was later broadcast on national television and radio and reported by Thai-language newspapers.

“Recently I feel that our country could fail, because nobody is working in harmony. They are competing with each other and no one understands what the other is doing,” the king said.

“I want to assure you that if everybody who is competent and has good intentions works together then we can make our country truly prosperous. So I ask all of you to cooperate, because if you don’t our country will fall,” he said.

“Our country will not collapse if everybody works together, especially all knowledgeable people,” he said.

They were the king’s first public comments since making a similar call for unity while swearing in Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in December. The king failed to make his traditional birthday eve speech the same month, citing poor health.

His speech came less than a week after the Red Shirt protesters submitted a 3.5-million-name petition seeking a royal pardon for the former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The pro-Thaksin protest movement has called for fresh demonstrations on August 30 to press PM Abhisit to quit and dissolve parliament to pave the way for new elections.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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