Thai King's Death Leaves Country with an Uncertain Future
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the longest-sitting monarch ever with a seven decade reign, died October 13th at the age of 88. He became king in 1946 after his brother, then king, was found dead with a bullet to the head. Thailand has been ruled by a king-endorsed military government since the coup in 2014. His death could mark a transition of greater military power which could mean stricter imposition of laws that reduce power of political parties and rights to insult members of the royal family. The Crown Prince and the king’s only son, Vajiralongkorn, is seen as a 64 year old playboy. He has expressed desire to not be coronated right away, preferring “to take some time to mourn” before ascending to the throne.
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