21 Apr '17, 9am

Thai king's coronation likely by the end of 2017 - deputy PM

Thai king's coronation likely by the end of 2017 - deputy PM

BANGKOK: The coronation of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn is likely to take place at the end of the year, a deputy prime minister said on Friday (Apr 21). King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne in December, following the death in October of his father, the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who had reigned for seven decades. The king's coronation is widely expected to signal the resumption of politics following a year-long mourning period for King Bhumibol and a general election should follow soon after. "Around the end of the year there might be a coronation," Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam told reporters on Friday, without specifying a month. The king's coronation will take place after his father's cremation, set for Oct 26. King Maha Vajiralongkorn endorsed Thailand's new military-backed constitution this month, an essential step towards democracy ...

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