Royal absolutism is likely to pick up speed following the coronation. The possibility of consensus-making will diminish the more absolutism grows, and so too will the likelihood of political conflict.
One hopes that elections will actually be held this time around. Failure by the government to keep to the recently announced date could lead to political instability.
In a FORSEA exclusive, Dr Prajak Kongkirati from Bangkok's Thammasat University, speaks about Thailand's military government and its inherent distain of the democratic process as upcoming polls loom for the country.
Even if those who oppose the junta win the elections, they would be deeply hampered by the constitution’s anti-democratic elements.
After the long authoritative reign of Bhumibol, some would have hoped that the new monarch would be more open, liberal even. Yet, they were wrong.