Thailand Faces Uncertain Future Under E…

With the Oct. 13 death of Thailand’s 88-year-old monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej, the country enters unknown territory, with his heir, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, widely recognized as an erratic and out of control womanizer. And given the growing use of social media, the Thai public largely knows the sordid tales despite the overwhelming efforts of the ruling junta that took power in 2014 to control reports of his behavior. His reputation and conduct makes it questionable whether the monarchy can survive in the long run, given the many sources of uncontrolled information about the monarchy, its overwhelming wealth and it political stance.

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