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Prayut: At least 15 days mourning before royal succession

BANGKOK: Thailand must observe at least 15 days of mourning for King Bhumibol Adulyadej before his successor can ascend the throne, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Oct 18).

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Tuesday 18 October 2016, 03:00PM


A woman checks out T-shirts of mourning colours in Bangkok today (Oct 18). Photo: Bangkok Post

“On the matter of succession, in accordance with the constitution, citizens in Thailand and abroad should not be worried or concerned,” Gen Prayut told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

“After at least 15 days of mourning, it will be the appropriate time to enact Section 23 of the constitution,” he added, referring to clauses relating to the succession.

The prime minister said last week that the coronation of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn would take place after the cremation of his father, which will follow a year of mourning. However, the prince can become king before his official coronation.

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The prime minister also confirmed the roadmap to restore democratic rule, which includes a general election in 2017, will not be affected by the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week.

“Nothing has changed,” he told reporters after a cabinet meeting. “The policies of this government, the laws – including elections – will be according to the roadmap. Don’t ask me when or how it will occur, the roadmap is the roadmap.”

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