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King Bhumibol's Death Plunges Thailand into Political Uncertainty

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. After a prolonged illness, Thailand’s King Bhumibol has died at the age of 88. His long-anticipated passing will be mourned by many (but not all) Thais—and after Bhumibol’s 70-year reign, it will compound the country’s uncertainty and instability. The media is full of obituaries eulogising Bhumibol’s role in Thai society, stating he was “widely revered,” considered “semi-divine” and was a “unifying” figure who regularly intervened to stabilise Thailand’s political system.
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