05 Dec '11, 6am

Thai king leaves hospital for birthday speech

Thai king leaves hospital for birthday speech

BANGKOK: Thailand's frail king, the world's longest reigning monarch, left the hospital where he has been staying for more than two years on Monday and addressed his subjects to mark his 84th birthday. Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is widely revered across the kingdom, was greeted by thousands of chanting and flag-waving Thais as he left the hospital in a wheelchair and was taken by motorcade to Bangkok's Grand Palace. In a speech from the palace balcony, the king -- who has reigned for 65 years -- called for national unity, especially in the face of the recent devastating flooding that has left at least 675 people dead. "It's the duty of everyone to help solve the people's troubles at full capacity, particularly people suffering from floods at this moment," he said, calling for sustainable water management projects. In the remarks televised live, he added that "the most importa...

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