Thai Crown Prince urges calm over suc­ces­sion: PM

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Bangkok: Thai­land’s Crown Prince has urged peo­ple not to “worry” about his sur­prise de­ci­sion to de­lay be­ing pro­claimed king fol­low­ing the death of his beloved fa­ther, the coun­try’s Prime Min­is­ter said on Satur­day. The move, which led to the ap­point­ment of a re­gent, has spurred ru­mours and un­cer­tainty in a na­tion whose re­cent his­tory is stud­ded with coups, po­lit­i­cal in­trigues and street protests. Against that back­drop, King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej, who died last Thurs­day aged 88, rep­re­sented sta­bil­ity and moral rec­ti­tude to many Thais and his death is be­ing mourned deeply across the coun­try. The 64-year-old Crown Prince Maha Va­ji­ra­longkorn is the king’s named suc­ces­sor, but has asked to de­lay for­mally as­sum­ing the throne while he mourns with the Thai peo­ple.

In­stead 96-year-old for­mer gen­eral Prem Tin­su­lanonda, who headed Bhu­mi­bol’s Privy Coun­cil, was an­nounced as re­gent. On Satur­day Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-o-cha said the Crown Prince sum­moned him and Prem ear­lier in the evening to dampen un­ease over the hia­tus in as­sum­ing the throne. “He asked the peo­ple not to be con­fused or worry about the coun­try’s ad­min­is­tra­tion or the suc­ces­sion,” the Prime Min­is­ter said in tele­vised state­ment. AFP

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