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Revered Thai king to return to Bangkok hospital for check-up

Published on Aug 6, 2014 2:33 PM
A soldier climbs a barricade in front of a picture of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as his unit dismantles an anti-government encampment in central Bangkok on May 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's revered but elderly King Bhumibol Adulyadej is due to return to Bangkok on Wednesday for the first time in just over a year for a medical check-up, the Royal Household Bureau said.

The 86-year-old king, the world's longest-serving monarch who is treated as a near-deity in politically turbulent Thailand, left the Bangkok hospital on August 1 last year for his coastal palace in southern Hua Hin.

He lived in the hospital for almost four years after being admitted with respiratory problems in 2009 - but there was no explanation from the palace over his prolonged stay.

"Now, it's time for a team of royal physicians to give him a thorough medical check-up which needs special equipment," a televised statement from the Royal Household Bureau said.

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