HM the King rejects calls to name new prime minister
HM the King has rejected on Tuesday calls to intervene in the political crisis by appointing royally-appointed prime minister and that the country could not be governed by a single party.
He assigned Administrative, Supreme and Constitution Courts to resolve an impending constitutional crisis.
In his first and rare public remarks on the issue, the King rebuffed increasing calls for him to grant a new prime minister after a resignation caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
"It would lead to more chaos if there is no parliament and then we could not proceed with democratic rule," the King said in a rare televised address. He was talking separately to newly-appointed judges of Administrative and Supreme Courts.
Both opposition politicians and protest organisers had called for the king to name a new prime minister by basing their calls on Article 7 of the Constitution.
The King emphasised that the constitution did not allow the king to do whatever he wants. "I will never do anything that go against the constitution and laws. Article 7 does not empower the King to name a prime minister. The calls for me to name the premier is not democratic."
"Some parties are calling for the king to exercise Article 7 of the constitution to appoint the prime minister, but the king cannot do that. It is against the law," the King said.
Talking about the present political crisis, the King said, "we have to find a way to solve the problem. We cannot have just one candidate. This is not a democracy."