In wake of protests, revered Thai king's birthday wish: unity for his country

In wake of protests, revered Thai king's birthday wish: unity for his country

Dec. 5 (UPI)--In the wake of weeks of protests in Bangkok, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, celebrating his 86th birthday, urged his countrymen to unite for the broader good during a birthday speech delivered earlier today.
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Thailand calm as people observe their monarch's birthday

BANGKOK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Thailand's anti-government protesters suspended their weeks-long campaign Thursday to observe the 86th birthday of the nation's revered monarch.
Thai police remove barriers; allow protestors to enter government buildings

Thai police remove barriers; allow protestors to enter government buildings

Dec. 3 (UPI) --The Government of Thailand announced it had reached a truce with anti-government demonstrators for the next several days to honor the birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who turns 86 today.
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Thai court throws out attempt to change Constitution

BANGKOK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A Thai court accused the ruling Pheu Thai party Wednesday of trying to overthrow democracy with an effort to restore direct election of the Senate.
Thailand's king celebrates 85th birthday

Thailand's king celebrates 85th birthday

BANGKOK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers packed Bangkok's Royal Plaza Wednesday to celebrate the 85th birthday of their ailing monarch.

Obama takes off for southeast Asia

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama left Saturday on a three-day trip to southeast Asia that will make him the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar.

Bangkok groups clash over lese-majeste law

BANGKOK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Bangkok police contained a confrontation of government and opposition supporters who clashed over an investigation under the country's lese-majeste law.

Bleeding in brain of Thai king gone

BANGKOK, July 23 (UPI) -- Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej has recovered from minor bleeding in his brain, the Royal Household Bureau said.

Thai king recovering from brain hemorrhage

BANGKOK, July 13 (UPI) -- Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej was recovering from a small subdural brain hemorrhage and suspended his royal activities, the royal household said Friday.

Thai-American jailed for insult pardoned

BANGKOK, July 11 (UPI) -- A Thai-born American sentenced in 2011 to 21/2 years in prison for insulting the monarchy has received a royal pardon, the man's lawyer said Wednesday.
Critics question lese-majeste death

Critics question lese-majeste death

BANGKOK, May 9 (UPI) -- Government critics are questioning whether a man jailed for criticizing the monarchy died in hospital because he was given inadequate medical attention.

Thai army targets New Year protests

BANGKOK, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Thailand's army will help local police during New Year period in case of threats to public order, especially protests over the restrictive lese majeste laws.

1,000 protest Thaksin's pardon in Bangkok

BANGKOK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- About 1,000 people gathered outside Lumphini Park in Bangkok to protest a royal pardon for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's jail term.
U.N. rights expert urges change in law

U.N. rights expert urges change in law

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Thailand needs to amend its laws that impose jail terms of as long as 15 years on anyone defaming the royal family, a U.N. human rights expert said.
Thai elections set for July 3

Thai elections set for July 3

BANGKOK, May 10 (UPI) -- Thailand will conduct elections July 3 that will give its people "a new start" to move the country forward, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Monday.
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King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Royal Institute: Phumiphon Adunyadet; Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช, pronounced   ( listen); see full title below; born 5 December 1927) is the current King of Thailand. He is known as Rama IX (and within the Thai royal family and to close associates simply as Lek). Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world's longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. He was admitted to Siriraj Hospital in September 2009 for flu and pneumonia and has been confined there since. Rumors about his ill-health caused Thai financial markets to tumble in October 2009.

Although Bhumibol is legally a constitutional monarch, he has made several decisive interventions in Thai politics. He was credited with facilitating Thailand's transition to democracy in the 1990s, although he has supported numerous military regimes, including Sarit Dhanarajata's during the 1960s and the Council for National Security in 2006-2008. During his long reign he has seen over 15 coups, 16 constitutions, and 27 changes of prime ministers. He has also used his influence to stop military coups, including attempts in 1981 and 1985.

Bhumibol is revered by many Thais, despite what the Thai government claims are serious threats to overthrow the monarchy. Bhumibol is legally considered "inviolable", and insults, claims that he is involved in politics, and criticism of him can result in three to fifteen years in jail, though he claimed in his 2005 birthday speech that he would not take lèse majesté seriously.

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