Pressure on Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra is mounting as two influential organizations called on the nation's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej to intervene and break a political deadlock.
The Press Council of Thailand and the Lawyers Council of Thailand joined growing calls for a resolution to the months of wrangling and mass rallies calling for Thaksin's resignation.
"We ask people from all sectors to present the facts in order to create a mass consensus that will allow the king to exercise his rights under (the constitution) for the sake of country," they said in a joint statement
"This crisis has created unprecedented confrontation and division," they said.
Thaksin has been at the center of a political storm since late January, when his family sold the telecoms conglomerate he founded to Singaporean investors in a tax-free 1.9 billion dollar deal.
The two independent councils accused Thaksin of jeopardizing national security by selling off sensitive telecoms assets, describing it as a crime, which carried a punishment of 10 years imprisonment under the criminal code.[Via AFP]