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Thailand poised for an orderly royal succession

The passing of an ailing octogenarian can never be truly unexpected. Yet the mood in Thailand is one of collective shock at the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch. Against this backdrop, the military transitional government of Prayut Chan-Ocha has begun laying out a carefully choreographed royal transition. The process must be seen to be smooth and orderly precisely, because it threatens to upend so much of Thai politics and society.
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