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Thai Royal Succession Exposes Broader Power Struggle

Dec 16, 2015 | 10:14 GMT
A Winner Emerges in Thailand's Game of Thrones
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is surrounded by his children, Princess Ubol Ratana (L), Chulabhorn (second from L), Crown Prince Vajira Longkorn (second from R) and Princess Sirindhorn.
(ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/Getty Images)

Widely popular Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on the throne since 1946, has long been portrayed as a benevolent and stabilizing force -- an informal supreme court of last resort capable of settling political disputes, punishing those who have overreached in pursuit of power and restoring societal balance. Crown Prince Maha...

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