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    Thailand Prepares for King’s Coronation

    More than two years after he ascended to the throne, King Maha Vajiralongkorn will formally be sworn in this weekend — but how he’ll continue ruling remains to be seen. Dogged by reports about his controversial personal life, experts say the 66-year-old monarch has proven both “interventionist” in government affairs and less accessible to the people than his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Just this week, Vajiralongkorn announced his fourth marriage — to a commander of his security detail.

    How powerful is Thailand’s monarchy? Already protected by some of the world’s most rigid lèse-majesté laws, Vajiralongkorn is also pushing for more executive powers.

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