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Thailand is a unitary, parliamentary monarchy.  The thing about Thailand’s monarchy that Westerners find quite difficult to understand is that the Thai people have a real, and I mean real, respect for it.  King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) is the longest-serving monarch in the world, beginning his reign in 1946.  Most of the Thai population is devoutly Buddhist – although ethnic strife has caused some serious issues, particularly in the south along the border with Malaysia, where some states are populated mainly by Muslims.  The Buddhist majority revers the king and looks to him as a spiritual guide.

Thailand has an active military that is employed currently on the Cambodia-Thai border, fighting in the dispute over the Preah Vihear temple (I’ll be posting about this soon).  Since 1932, Thailand has had 18 different constitutions – no, no typo – as successive military governments have suspended and rewritten them.

Stay tuned for information about the political issues in modern Thailand!

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