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Thailand enters new era without 'Father of the Nation'

A kingdom of many have-nots has plenty of economic, democratic challenges ahead

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been presiding over this week's elaborate, five-day funeral rites for his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The year-long mourning period for Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej is coming to an end. The funeral ceremonies, which brought the entire nation almost to a halt yesterday, conclude on Sunday. Mourning signs and black and white bunting draped across the kingdom's streets and buildings for the last year will be removed.

The date of the coronation ceremony of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the late king's only son, has yet to be announced. Nevertheless, the country on Monday officially enters a new era. The question that many are pondering now is this: Can Thailand move on?

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