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STORY: THAI KING CALLS FOR UNITYDATELINE: DEC 7, 2011LENGTH: 0:00:59LOCATION: BANGKOKINTROThailand's king celebrated his 84th birthday Monday by asking his people to unite in response to the worst floods in half a century. PKGThe monarch spoke Monday to mark his birthday, amid deep political divisions plaguing the country.Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was wheelchaired out of the hospital to greet thousands of well-wishers on their knees.His address was broadcast live nationwide.SOUNDBITE (THAI) BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ, THAI KING"It is the duty of all sides, state and private sectors, to get together and work to their full potential to address factors that cause hardship to the people."About a fifth of Thailand's 64 million people have been affected by the ongoing flood crisis which began in late July. More than 600 people have died.The king has traditionally played a major role in uniting Thailand, which has been plagued by several years of political unrest. Powered by Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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