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Prajadhipok

Prajadhipok (prəchäˈtĭpôk) [key] or Rama VII räˈ mä, 1893–1941, king of Siam (1925–35). He was educated in England and France. He succeeded his brother Rama VI, and in 1932 a coup forced him to grant a constitution, which allowed for national suffrage and a representative parliament. In 1933 he dismissed the cabinet as too radical. A second rebellion further weakened his already faltering position. Differences over the limits subsequently placed on the royal prerogative led to his abdication in 1935. He moved to England, where he died. He was succeeded by his nephew, Ananda.

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