R.I.P.

17 10 2016

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It is the end of an era – quite literally – and perhaps even a golden age for Thailand, with the passing away of King Rama IX. What comes next is slightly scary, but with the military junta promising a return to democracy next year, and without the much-respected former king on the throne, things could once again get very messy…

For now though, Thais are largely united in grief. The much-loved king, a sometimes saxophonist and rabid Elvis Presley fan, booster of the rural poor and incarnation of Vishnu, a man who had rescued the Chakri dynasty after the untimely death of his brother and brought it hitherto-unknown status, has left behind a grieving country. And a new king.

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