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Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn postpones coronation for one year

Maha Vajiralongkorn said he wants to mourn the death of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej and announced former Tai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda as the regent

Thailand’s future ruler, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has decided to postpone his his coronation for at least one year, according to latest reports.

Maha Vajiralongkorn said he wants to mourn the death of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej and announced former Tai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda as the regent to run the Buddhist country, reported BBC quoting government sources.
The Crown Prince has “asked the people not to be confused or worry about the country’s administration or even about the succession”, stated Gen Prayuth in his address on TV.

“He said at this time everyone is sad, he is still sad, so every side should wait until we pass this sad time,” added the current prime minister about the delay in coronation of new king.

Gen Prayuth snatched to power through a relatively peaceful military coup orchestrated by him in 2014 by overthrowing a democratically elected government.

At the time of the coup he had promised to the nation free and fair election in following year. The deceased King was seen by people as a unifying figure, who helped the country to navigate through military coups, Communist insurgencies and political instability that have plagued the nation.

He was also revered as semi-divine, spiritual and compassionate to his subjects by Tai’s. The entire nation is observing more than a months mourning while, government officials will observe mourning for one entire year by wearing only black dress as a mark of respect to the King.

A pall of doom has descended up on the capital Bangkok after the King’s demise and even red-light areas have stopped their business.

In recent past also, speculations were rife about the abilities of the crown prince, who has been declared as heir to the monarch in late 1970’s. He is the only son of the monarch.

Meanwhile Wikileaks has come with a new cable on scandals involving the Monarchy:

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