New King Emerges In Thailand After Two Months Of Vacancy

By Ikenga Chronicles December 2, 2016

New King Emerges In Thailand After Two Months Of Vacancy

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has emerged as the new King of Thailand, thereby succeeding his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October.

Meanwhile, Vajiralongkorn, the only son of King Bhumibol  did not immediately ascend the throne following his father’s death as traditionally practised, instead requested more time to mourn.

The new monarch, aged 64, on Thursday received the title “His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun” as he assumed his new position.

Vajiralongkorn while addressing his audience, which included Royal Regent Prem Tinsulanonda and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, said:  “I agree to accept the wishes of the late king… for the benefit of the entire Thai
people.”

“This royal succession highlights a desire for stability and continuity in Thailand.”

Thursday’s religious ceremony will continue into Friday, with Vajiralongkorn presiding over the rites on both days. The Grand Palace is closed for both mourners and tourists on both days.

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