01 Jan '18, 11pm

Power in Thailand wears camo and a crown - East Asia Forum

Power in Thailand wears camo and a crown - East Asia Forum

Author: Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Kyoto University 2017 marks another important milestone in Thai politics. Thailand entered the next phase of its political life as the magical era of King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially came to an end. The departure of the late King Bhumibol has left a large gap to be filled, and the country waits with uncertainty to see how the reign of the new King Vajiralongkorn will unfold. King Bhumibol passed away in October 2016. The mourning period lasted for a year, and culminated in a royal funeral held in a public field opposite the Grand Palace. On 26 October this year, Bhumibol was finally cremated. The revered King is remembered fondly in the collective memory of the Thai people. His departure was met with considerable anxiety about the arrival of the new and controversial monarch and the political instability that might accompany his transition...

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/01/02/power-in-thailand...

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