The king of Thailand has met a large number of privy councillors for consultations on the political situation which has been deteriorating since early last month, local press reported Friday.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej met 17 privy councillors at Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin Thursday, the biggest gathering of privy councillors in many years, Bangkok Post quoted sources close to the privy council as saying.
The meeting lasted about three hours, during which the King expressed concerns for the current political situation, said the report without giving further details.
The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Thursday formally called for a royally-bestowed prime minister to replace caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as the 48-hour deadline it imposed on Thaksin expired last night.
The alliance suggest invoking Article 7 of the charter to defuse the ongoing crisis, which stated whenever no provision under the constitution is applicable to any case, it shall be decided in accordance with the constitutional practice in the democratic regime of government with the King as Head of State.
The PAD said that a royally-appointed prime minister would form an ad hoc government facilitating political reform before calling a fresh general election.
It urged all supporters to join the large rally scheduled for Saturday on Ratchadamnoen Nok avenue or rallies in their provinces, arguing the protracted political deadlock will not be broken with an election.
Embattled Thaksin dissolved the House after meeting the King on Feb. 24 and set April 2 as the date for snap election.