If you have been on Social Media in the last week or so, then you would have seen that the King of Thailand recently passed away, which was very heartbreaking for that country. People still publically wear black and come to the Palace in order to pay their respects. Up until his death, he was in power longer than any other monarch, and his death leaves Thailand with the need for a new ruler. The Crown Prince is almost ready to take his place as the ruler of Thailand although the week after the King died, he refused to immediately step up to the post. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, son of the late King didn’t want to rush into politics before he could mourn the passing of his father; however, he appears to be almost ready. The government of Thailand, largely controlled by the military, will still have elections with much more control from the military than the political officers. The Prince, even if he is ready to become King; however, will not be coronated until after the time of the funeral, which won’t be any time soon. The King’s funeral will likely take place in a year, giving the country proper time to show their respect for the loss of their King, and the coronation will occur afterwards. This is a generally held practice.
The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is an example of a different manner of leader than is seen in the United States. During such a heated Presidential Election, it is useful to look and compare with other countries and their manner of succession. The King was supposedly well loved and respected, and I personally saw the celebrations that were held on his birthday when I was in Bangkok, Thailand. The Prince, respectfully still waits until his time of mourning is over, while the United States very quickly puts the Vice President or other figures into office when there is any change in leadership. The article mentions how Prem Tinsulanonda, of the Privy Council took charge in the interim in order to keep the government running; however, given the military rule in Thailand, the King’s role might not be quite as strong. Thailand is seen as a burgeoning, up-and-coming area with many opportunities for Foreign Direct Investment. Can this be attributed to their King? Is the military giving them the country stability or any good standing worldwide? Or do these leaders only have love from their own citizens instead of worldwise? When the United States seems to be having problems showing a good face to the world with the current candidates, maybe it would be useful to see how other countries portray themselves. Whatever you think about this change, it might be good for you to give a second to think about a long-reigning leader who ruled Thailand up to his death at 88.
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