Thailand’s new youth-led democracy movement has held near-daily protests since July, demanding a new constitution, a new parliament and unprecedented reform of the monarchy. Parliament’s recent move to delay its vote on charter reform suggests the government is out of touch and doesn’t realize that the protestors won’t back down.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn
King Maha is now in charge of the agency that controls Thailand’s crown property. As he consolidates, the military’s hold on power could come under threat.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn wants to assert his influence over how his country is run. This marks an end to a longstanding history of the monarch staying out of politics.