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Demands. They then came to rely more and more on the urban middle classes. Despite claiming that they would be able to “tone-down” Sondhi’s Royalist rhetoric, as part of the justification for linking up with him, this never happened. D. 38 The Assembly of the Poor 38 Somsak maintains that he always opposed the use of Section 7, but had to bow to the wishes of the majority. D. rallies. D. leadership positioned itself in opposition to the poor by accusing them of voting for Taksin out of a “lack of information” ie.

The Monarchy was re-established after the revolution, but it was not the same institution as before June 1932, despite its outward appearance. It certainly was not Sakdina. The process of re-establishing the monarchy was not smooth, either. 24 The final mile stone in achieving acceptance among broad sections of society, was the collapse of the Communist Party of Thailand in the 1980s. This has lead to the unhindered expansion of the monarchy’s influence in Thai society. 22 See Kullada (2004) already quoted.

43 Matichon daily newspaper, 26 April 2006. In Thai. Giles Ji Ungpakorn 43 In the early part of his reign the Monarch was young and unprepared for the job. He only became King because of an accident which happened to his elder brother. More than that, the Thai government at the time was headed by Field Marshal Plaek PibulSongkram who was an anti-Royalist. Therefore the Monarchy faced many problems in performing its duties as Head of State. This helps perhaps to explain why the Monarchy supported the military dictatorship of Field Marshall Sarit.

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