Thailand is in preparations for throne succession

Thailand is in preparations for throne successionThailand is making preparations for Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to ascend the throne on December 1, Reuters reported on Monday, citing two senior military sources with knowledge of the matter.

Thailand now is into the year of mourning after King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on October 13 at the age of 88.

News of the December timeframe follows the prince's departure for Germany at the weekend where he had personal business to attend to, one senior military source told Reuters, adding that the prince would return in November.

"We are making preparations. Everything is being prepared for December 1. But this timeframe also depends on His Royal Highness," another senior military source said.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had said the prince's formal ascension could be within seven to 15 days of the king's death, or later.

Speaking on behalf of the prince hours after King Bhumibol's death, Prayuth said the prince wanted to grieve with the people and leave the formal succession until later, when parliament will invite him to ascend the throne.

His formal coronation, however, cannot take place until after the king's cremation in a year's time.

Prem Tinsulanonda, 96, who was head of the powerful Privy Council and is known as the face of Thailand's traditional establishment, is acting as regent until the new king is named.
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