Thai Crown Prin­ce to be pro­clai­med new king

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

BANGKOK - The Thai par­li­a­ment said yes­ter­day that Crown Prin­ce Ma­ha Va­ji­ra­long­korn is to be­co­me the king of Thailand du­ring a te­le­vi­sed mee­ting.

Porn­petch Wi­chitchol­chai, pre­si­dent of the Na­ti­o­nal Le­gis­la­ti­ve As­sem­bly, said la­te King Bhu­mi­bol Adu­ly­a­dej had de­sig­na­ted the crown prin­ce as his heir ap­pa­rent, thus the par­li­a­ment for­mal­ly in­vi­ted the prin­ce to be pro­clai­med as the king. Sour­ces in­si­de the par­li­a­ment told Xin­hua on Tues­day that Porn­petch is go­ing to in­vi­te the crown prin­ce to for­mal­ly as­cend the thro­ne on Thurs­day. At the end of the mee­ting, all mem­bers of the par­li­a­ment stood up and hai­led to­gether “long li­ve the new king.” Dee­ply re­ver­ed Adu­ly­a­dej died on Oct. 13 at the age of 88 af­ter ye­ars of ill­ness. Va­ji­ra­long­korn, 64, was ap­poin­ted the crown prin­ce by his fa­ther in 1972. The crown prin­ce still needs to ac­cept the in­vita­ti­on in or­der for him to be for­mal­ly pro­clai­med as the king, ac­cor­ding to es­ta­blis­hed pro­ce­du­re.

Thai De­pu­ty Pri­me Mi­nis­ter Pra­wit Wongsuw­an said ear­lier in the day that “we ex­pect an au­dien­ce (with the prin­ce) within the next one to two days.” On­ce pro­clai­med king, the crown prin­ce would be­co­me King Ra­ma X, or the 10th king of the Chakri dy­nasty foun­ded in 1782, though his for­mal co­ro­na­ti­on will not hap­pen be­fo­re his fa­ther’s roy­al cre­ma­ti­on la­ter next year. For the roy­al cre­ma­ti­on, a fu­ne­ral py­re is go­ing to be built soon, said the govern­ment. (Xin­hu­a­

Thailand Crown Prin­ce Ma­ha Va­ji­ra­long­korn.(Pho­to: Xin­hua)

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