Coup d'Etat

In Thailand, longtime king's death opens country to political turmoil, instability

In Thailand, longtime king's death opens country to political turmoil, instability

The death of Thailand’s beloved king slammed the country to a near-halt Thursday, sending the stock market reeling and thrusting Thailand into deeper political turmoil as citizens contemplated the loss of the world’s longest-ruling monarch.  

Hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Bangkok hospital where King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88, was being treated in the days before his death, dressed in auspicious pink and yellow. Bhumibol — who ruled for 70 years — served as a unifying figure in a country staggered by coups and political turbulence. A military junta seized power two years ago vowing stability, but has done more to cement its own rule. And...

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