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Thailand mourns its king, the longest-reigning monarch in the world

Uncertainty ahead for Thailand. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)
By Selina Cheng
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Thailand is reeling from the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej earlier today. Bhumibol, who took the throne in just after WWII in 1946, was the longest-reigning monarch in the world.

Thousands have been photographed wailing outside Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, where the king was treated. Many had gathered there earlier to pray for his health, wearing auspicious colors pink and yellow. In addition to their grief, citizens of the “Land of Smiles” are also likely bracing for political uncertainty—Bhumibol was a unifying symbol in a country famous for its many coups.

(Reuters/Jorge Silva)
Reuters/Jorge Silva
People weep after an announcement that Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died, at the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 13. (Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom)
(AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
A Thai woman is overcome with emotion and is assisted at Siriraj Hospital where Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was being treated in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
A child cries for the death of the King of Thailand. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
(AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

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