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Thailand's King dies after 70 years of rule




Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (centre L) holds a candle and sing songs in front of a giant portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (top) as he and other offcials gather in front of the Grand palace, on the occasion of his 87th birthday in Bangkok on December 5, 2014.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (centre L) holds a candle and sing songs in front of a giant portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (top) as he and other offcials gather in front of the Grand palace, on the occasion of his 87th birthday in Bangkok on December 5, 2014.
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Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, one of the world's longest reigning monarchs, passed away at the age of 88 after 70 years of rule.

He was widely beloved, but his death leaves the country in jeopardy, facing political instability and the threat of a possible coup.

Our colleague and longtime journalist Tess Vigeland is currently based in Thailand's capital, Bangkok. She joined A Martinez with reaction on the ground.

To hear the entire conversation click on the audio embedded at the top of this post.