April 26th, 2010
12:38 PM ET

Thai king speaks for first time in political crisis

For the first time amid the political upheaval raging in Thailand, the nation's revered king spoke out Monday, calling on new judges to help stabilize the country.

Speaking from the hospital where he has been since last year, King Bhumibol Adulyadej addressed a group of newly appointed judges.

"I would like all you to preserve honesty," he said, adding that "it will be a way to help the country to be progressing and stabilized at the same time."

He told the judges they could "be seen as model" for people who work in all sorts of jobs.

The king added that in performing their duties, the judges "would help to uphold justice and order of the country, and this is very important. If you do follow your oath strictly, it will help bring order to the country, certainly."

Thailand is facing a political crisis, with civilians and members of the military clashing in the streets. On April 10, more than 20 people were killed in clashes, and several bombs exploded in a business district.

King Bhumibol, the world's longest reigning monarch, wields little political power, but is revered and enjoys immense popularity.

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  1. kida

    annyway they all are as bad! taksin is the same type as escobar was, pay the poor and they will follow you. The king is a good guy but he is about to die and cant even speek. the yellow they just like the americans, ultra capitalist that dont care about the poor. hopefully obama is about to clean this up. Good luck on him!! As for u Anelso, how can u be so selfish?? u re just worried that u wont get ur dental done for cheaper, when people are dying.. U have been to thailand many time and yet u never try to learn whats going on in this coutry. U re ignorant as way to many people are and ur sole interest in life is u. people like u are the reason why the world is at war!! so please learn about conflics be in thailand, in palestine, in afganistan, in irak, in yemen, in somalia... and u will see that all of this conflics are because people are poor and tired of been abused by the rich.

    As for everybody on this coments page dont get all ur information from CNN, its for the ultra capitalist its own by jew extremists that support israel even when they kill the poor palestinians, using sofisticated weapon on a population that have only rocks to defand themself. they were pro W bush, with all the massacre that this man did!

    all i have to say be the christian, be the boudist, be the indo, the shiha, the sunnit, or the jew... please god bless everybody and make people become better to each other!!

    May 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frankie

    Everybody in Thailand nows that the royal family is behind the coup and also supporting to shoot the red shirts who are the real people of Thailand. Shame on the monarchy !! Why you think there is so much cencure ?
    Why Siam paragon did not burnt down , its from the royal family !

    May 28, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frankie

    The last discussion was ment for the person above

    May 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
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