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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Happy 80th Birthday to the King of Thailand

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King of Thailand: Bhumibol Adulyadej is 80 years old----
Jotman:
Thailand celebrates the 80th birthday of its King -- Perhaps never again in its history will Thailand be so united around a single figure as it was on Wednesday. The occasion marked the eightieth Birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol, Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty. He is the world's longest serving head of state, and the longest-serving monarch in this nation's history. [...]

related:
Wikipedia:
Bhumibol Adulyadej -- Although Bhumibol is a constitutional monarch, he has several times made decisive interventions in Thai politics, including the 2005-2006 Thai political crisis. He was credited with facilitating Thailand's transition to democracy in the 1990s, although in earlier periods of his reign he supported military regimes. Most recently, he endorsed the military junta which overthrew the elected government of Thaksin Shinawatra during the September 2006 coup. A billionaire and one of the wealthiest men in the world, Bhumibol used part of his great wealth to fund development projects, particularly in rural areas. He is immensely popular in Thailand, and is revered as a semi-divine figure by many Thais. [...]

photo source:
AP: Thai King Celebrates 80th Birthday

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