Revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej has called for unity in deeply divided Thailand to stop it from falling into ruin, in a rare foray into the country's four-year political crisis. Despite being a constitutional monarch who is officially above politics, the king has considerable influence and has intervened at times of crisis to end bloodshed or break deadlocks. The comments come as pressure mounts on the fragile government of Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Oxford-educated premier whose efforts to revive the economy have been hampered by violent protests and rifts within his six-party coalition. Analysts say Thailand's political future remains uncertain, with no sign of a way of out of a complex crisis that has polarized the country and dented the confidence of investors and tourists. (Reuters)

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