Thai king Bhumibol, in critical condition

Thai king Bhumibol, in critical condition

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The king of Thailand is in critical condition. The 88-year-old Bhumibol Adulyadej is already a few days in the hospital with kidney problems and pneumonia and is struggling already with health problems.

Sunday it was brought out that the king is unstable, but further there were no announcements made. They let Wednesday know that his situation is critical.

The Thai crown prince is present at the hospital Siriraj hospital. Outside the hospital about three hundred people gathered to pray for the health of the king.

Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had a scheduled visit to the province of Chonburi cancelled, so he is in the capital city of Bangkok can continue.

The king had on January 11, his last public appearance when he was a few hours spent in his palace in Bangkok.

Longest reigning

Bhumibol is the longest reigning monarch in the world. He followed his brother Rama VIII after its death was found in his bedroom in 1946. He enjoys almost a heiligenstatus in Thailand. Insult of the king can be up to fifteen years jail.

Between 2009 and 2013 he was constantly in the hospital with various ailments. Since then, he was almost never to the people, and he stayed mainly in the Klai Kangwon palace, which, freely translated, ‘far from worries’ means.

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