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New Cabinet swears allegiance to king

BANGKOK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej has urged the new 26-member Cabinet led by Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont to work with honesty and dedication.

Thailand's king endorses coup leader

BANGKOK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has endorsed the military coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, state television reported Thursday.

Thailand election may be postponed

BANGKOK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Thailand's general election, set for October, will likely be postponed due to problems finding election commissioners, the country's prime minister said.

Elderly Thai king injured in fall

BANGKOK, July 9 (UPI) -- King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has slipped while walking, injuring his back, shoulder and ribs.

Thai king speach marks 60th year in power

BANGKOK, June 10 (UPI) -- Thailand's king marked his 60th year in power with a palace speech urging all citizens to unite despite political strife and government disapproval.

Thai court strikes down April election

BANGKOK, May 8 (UPI) -- Thailand's Constitutional Court on Monday ruled the country's parliamentary elections last month were invalid and ordered a new vote.

Small bomb threatens adviser to Thai king

BANGKOK, March 9 (UPI) -- A small bomb exploded in Bangkok Thursday outside the home of former Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda, a top adviser to the king, injuring two foreigners.

Protesters rally against Thai leader

BANGKOK, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Thousands of protesters rallied in Bangkok, demanding the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thailand to 'peace bomb' troubled regions

BANGKOK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Thailand's government was preparing Saturday to launch an unusual peace campaign, the BBC reported.

Thailand's king calls for softer approach

BANGKOK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Thailand's king has asked the government to go easy on the southern Muslim provinces in the wake of last week's violence, the prime minister says.

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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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