December 9, 2013

Why Is Thailand So Dysfunctional? Blame the King

Paul Handley, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

The world's longest-serving head of state marked his 86th birthday on Thursday, Dec. 5, and as always in recent years the pitched political battle on Bangkok's streets agreed a respectful truce to mark the occasion. That bitter enemies would halt their fight for a few days to honor Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej shows the success his reign has been, and how much esteem he has stored up over 67 years as a constitutional -- yet uniquely powerful -- monarch. Yet the unending fight between pro-and anti-government forces, the so-called Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts, reflects his fundamental failing to prepare a future for Thailand as a stable, mature democracy after he passes.

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TAGGED: Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bhumibol Adulyad

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