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King of Thailand issues decree for new election, first since 2014

The King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn (or Rama X) has issued a decree for a new election in the country – which would be its first since the May 2014 coup that overthrew Yingluck Shinawatra (Thailand’s first female Prime Minister). Thailand has been governed by a military junta since then, and elections have been delayed several times over the past five years. His Majesty’s…
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Thai King to finally be crowned in May

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, will finally have his coronation ceremony in May of this year. The Royal Household Bureau made the announcement yesterday saying the coronation and celebration festivities would take place from 4 May through 6 May. His Majesty…
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King of Thailand honours cave rescuers

King Maha Vajiralongkorn (or Rama X) of Thailand has honoured the cave rescuers who saved 12 boys and their coach from a flooded cave in July. The King named the heroes as Members of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn. The award for significant voluntary…
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State control in Thailand intensifies under new King

Royal Central reported early last month that Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society had banned people from contacting three critics of the new King and government. Since then, CNBC has reported that state control in the country has strengthened, leading Thailand toward becoming a dictatorship rather than a democracy with the monarch having more power than ever before. Thailand…
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From Playboy Prince to King Rama X?

The new King Rama X has had quite a colourful past, and most of this will be hidden from the Thai people due to their strict lese majeste laws. The then Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has been married and divorced three times and is reportedly due to be married for a…