Thai­land’s crown prince in­vited to as­cend the throne

Thai­land’s par­lia­ment yes­ter­day in­vited Crown Prince Maha Va­ji­ra­longkorn to be­come the next king, clear­ing up any lin­ger­ing un­cer­tainty after the sur­prise an­nounce­ment that he would de­lay his procla­ma­tion so that he could mourn his father’s pass­ing.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page -

THAI­LAND’S par­lia­ment yes­ter­day in­vited Crown Prince Maha Va­ji­ra­longkorn to be­come the next king, re­solv­ing lin­ger­ing anx­i­ety over his ac­ces­sion fol­low­ing his father’s death last month.

The coun­try has been plunged into mourn­ing since widely revered King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej died on Oc­to­ber 13, end­ing a re­mark­able seven-decade reign and re­mov­ing a key pil­lar of unity in a bit­terly di­vided na­tion.

Yes­ter­day’s move ends a pe­riod of un­cer­tainty sparked by the junta mak­ing the sur­prise an­nounce­ment after King Bhu­mi­bol’s death that the prince had asked to de­lay his of­fi­cial procla­ma­tion so he could mourn.

“I will in­vite the Crown Prince Maha Va­ji­ra­longkorn to suc­ceed to the throne and be­come king of the Thai peo­ple,” Porn­petch Wi­chitcholchai, head of the rub­ber-stamp Na­tional Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly, said.

Law­mak­ers then stood up and replied, “Long live the king.”

The par­lia­men­tary en­dorse­ment came after Thai­land’s cab­i­net of­fi­cially sub­mit­ted Prince Va­ji­ra­longkorn’s name ear­lier in the day.

Prawit Wong­suwan, deputy prime

min­is­ter and the junta’s num­ber two, said the prince’s as­cen­sion was “pro­ceed­ing step-by-step” ac­cord­ing to the coun­try’s ar­cane suc­ces­sion rules.

Ac­cord­ing to pro­to­col, the as­sem­bly speaker will seek a royal au­di­ence with the prince to in­vite him to as­cend the throne, the last step be­fore be­ing pro­claimed the new monarch.

Mr Prawit said that would hap­pen “ei­ther to­mor­row or the day after”.

Crown Prince Va­ji­ra­longkorn, 64, has been the named suc­ces­sor to King Bhu­mi­bol for more than four decades.

He spends much of his time out­side the king­dom, par­tic­u­larly in south­ern Ger­many where he owns prop­erty.

A mil­i­tary source told AFP that Prince Va­ji­ra­longkorn was still cur­rently in Ger­many. –

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Thai law­mak­ers stand up to hail the new

Photo: AFP

king at Par­lia­ment House in Bangkok yes­ter­day.

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