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As Thailand’s Troubles Grow, the King Moves to Bolster His Image

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King Maha Vajiralongkorn
King Maha VajiralongkornPhotographer: Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images
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After political and economic instability saw unprecedented demands for reform of the Thai monarchy, King Maha Vajiralongkorn is seeking to burnish his image in what is shaping up as another year of tension in the country.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha oversees an economy with tourism decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, factories shedding workers and exporters slammed. Farmers have struggled under the worst drought in four decades. Gross domestic product contracted an estimated 6.6% last year.