Behind Thailand’s coup is a fight over the king and his successor. But it’s hush-hush.

By Chico Harlan, June 7, 2014

BANGKOK — It’s hard in Thailand to have a meaningful discussion about the country’s most meaningful institution: the monarchy. Laws ban any criticism of the king. Salacious palace intrigue is off-limits. So is any exploration of what may be the ailing king’s final major decision: his succession.

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