King Bhumibol Adulyadej Analysis

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Future of the Monarchy in Thailand after King Bhumibol Adulyadej About King Bhumibol Adulyadej King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has been in power since 1946 making him the longest reigning monarch in the world today. He is the Head of the State of Thailand, the Head of the ruling Royal House of Chakri as well as the Head of the Royal Thai Armed Forces. King Bhumibol is the world’s richest royal with an estimated personal wealth of US $30 billion. From the time he took the throne, King Bhumibol has been perceived as someone who has devoted his entire life towards the betterment of the people of the country with his primary aim being the alleviation of poverty in Thailand. An additional feather in his cap is his world record breaking number of degrees,…show more content…
Unfortunately, the Prince is known for his cruelty, corruption and lack of respect towards women and various efforts made to alter his image have been unsuccessful. This has resulted in conflicts within the kingdom and created an air of uncertainty as to who would be an appropriate successor to the throne. The second in line to the throne after the prince is the daughter of King Bhumibol, Princess Sirindhorn. She is popular among the people of Thailand and is known for her expertise in Information Technology. The problem in the monarchy’s rule in Thailand began when the democratically elected and popular government of Thaksin Shinawatra was overthrown in a military coup in 2008. As a result of which the cumulative choices made by the monarchy came into the limelight and weakened the position of the institution in a span of few years. While King Bhumibol still enjoys strong support and popularity from the people in the country, the long term viability of the monarchy as an institution has become questionable and is a matter of serious concern. Personal Viewpoints on future of the
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