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Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn is carried on a palanquin through the streets of Bangkok. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn is carried on a palanquin through the streets outside the Grand Palace during the second day of his coronation ceremony in Bangkok, May 5, 2019 (AP photo by Wason Wanichorn).

Why the Thai King’s Power Grab Could Backfire

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

Since ascending to the throne in 2016, the Thai king has taken several actions to expand his influence over Thailand’s politics, military affairs and economy. Will his maneuvering backfire?

Two weeks ago, the Thai king issued a royal decree placing two army units under his direct control, rather than under the normal military hierarchy. The decree claims the change was made necessary by an emergency, but there is no obvious emergency that justifies such a decision. ...

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