wept in grief across the nation Thursday after the palace announced the
death of their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the country’s unifying
figure and the world’s longest-reigning monarch. He was 88.
of people gathered at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, where Bhumibol had
been treated for a variety of ailments for much of the past decade. Many
sobbed loudly, clutching each other in anguish and shouting “Long live
government announced a 100-day mourning period and a 30-day moratorium
on state events. His son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is to
succeed him on the throne.
Thais had seen no other king in their lifetime and thought of Bhumibol,
who reigned for 70 years, as their father and the embodiment of
goodness and godliness.
a constitutional monarch, he wielded enormous political power and
served as a unifying figure during Thailand’s numerous political crises.
But in recent years, he suffered from a variety of illnesses that
affected his kidneys, brain, lungs, heart and blood. (AP)
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