People wave flags to celebrate the Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 86th birthday outside Klai Kangwon Palace, Khiri Khan province. Photo: Xinhua

Thai king's birthday raises questions about monarchy's role in politics

Pavin Chachavalpongpun says the Thai king's birthday only highlights the monarchy's diminishing influence on a nation facing political chaos

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People wave flags to celebrate the Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 86th birthday outside Klai Kangwon Palace, Khiri Khan province. Photo: Xinhua
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